Welcome to the fifty-fourth edition of Math Teachers at Play! We have a great roundup of articles this month...

**Literacy**

- Yan Kow Cheong at
*Singapore Math*gives some ideas for journal writing in math class. - Terrance Banks at
*So I Teach Math and Coach?*gives a great literacy strategy that encourages students to be the teacher. - Bowman Dickson at
*Bowman in Arabia*shares how to start class with whiteboarding (reading a graph is a literacy component, if you ask me!). - For more graph reading, I posted two AP Calculus problems I think are great.

54: The number of countries in Africa |

**Instruction**

- Guillermo Bautista at
*Mathematics and Multimedia*explains common errors in MDAS operations. - Dan MacKinnon at
*mathrecreation*shows beautiful patterns that arise in the multiplication tables that we were all told to memorize in grade school. - Glenn gives a pretty snazzy visual representation of quadratic equations that have complex solutions.
- Jeff Brenneman at
*Trust Me-I'm a Math Teacher*shares a project idea in which students identify the key issues to winning the 2012 Presidential election.

54: The number of playing cards (with 2 jokers) |

**Gamification**

- Bon Crowder at
*Math is not a Four Letter Word*shows how to get children thinking about graphing using a Lite-Brite. - Lilac at
*Learners in Bloom*shares some great ideas for introducing inequalities and pattern-recognition to your preschooler (whoa)! - Mrs. M at
*The Daily Cupcake*shares eleven awesome activities for kindergarten students learning numbers 0-5. - @reminoodle at
*The MathSmith*describes a group project she gives every trimester for students to create their own review games. Be sure to check out the impressive pictures! - Christy at
*Just Another Step to Take*gives five ways to create homemade board games for practicing math facts. - Jennifer Smith-Sloane at
*Live. Teach. Create.*shares an awesome foldable for converting fractions, decimals, and percents.

54: The number of colored squares on a Rubik's Cube. |

**Great Advice and Insight**

- Denise at
*Let's Play Math!*gives tips on how to teach math to your children, even if you experience math anxiety. - Peter Glynn at
*Nature Math*has started a discussion on why some kids hate math. - Colleen Young at
*Mathematics, Learning, and Web 2.0*gives some great back-to-school advice. - Jimmy Pai at
*The Pai Intersect*discusses both his interests in and his concerns about flipping a classroom. - Cindy Johnson at
*The Conic Card Lady's New Adventure*shares fantastic advice to new high school teachers.

+54: The international phone code for Argentina |

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Looks wonderful! Thank you so much for volunteering to host the carnival. I'm looking forward to this weekend, when I hope I'll have free time to browse all the posts...

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