I'm Bon Crowder and the photos above are both of me - in 1989 and today. I'm a Generation X mom of Generation Z kids.

I began peer tutoring in high school in 1984. MathFour.com is the 2015 version of me helping peers be comfortable in math.

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First Amendment aside, “counting on” is an idiotic, artificial addition to the mathematical lexicon, and as such should be banned from teachers’ vocabulary. If adults are confused, we can only imagine what students will think.

I’m groovy with that, but it’s not my battle. If you want to invent words, propagate bad ones or kill good ones, I’m cool. As long as I know what’s what, I’m good.

Maybe that comes from so many texts in grad school using various and sundry notation.

I still think we should do functions as xf instead of f(x) – a notation that I find as annoying as you find “counting on.”

Thanks for your thoughts!

I’d like to hang on to “counting on” since I understand what it means. It is actually a shortened version of “counting on from a given number.” That is a challenging task in my kindergarten classroom and it can mark the progress of a student’s number sense. With lots of practice and understanding, they move from counting all of the objects to starting with a known quantity and counting on. It shows a bit of math fluency.

Thanks for your thoughts, Gail! We’re already working on that with K8 (she’s almost 4). I just wish there was a way for us all to share the new vocabulary with each other. (Although maybe that’s exactly what we’re doing here!)

Thank you for explaining “count on”….yes it’s simple but when terminology changes it’s frustrating!

Indeed, Kathleen. And it seems to change SO often!