Meet our blogger of the month

Each month, we feature a different guest blogger with valuable insights and information to share about young children and math.

Check back weekly throughout the year so you don’t miss a single guest blog—and join in the conversation by asking questions or leaving comments at the end of each post. We’re excited about this new chapter in the Math at Home project—and we hope you are too!

About our guest blogger Brian J. Puerling, M.S., N.B.C.T.

Brian J. Puerling, M.S., is currently the director of education technology at the Catherine Cook School in Chicago, where he works with teachers to connect students to new technologies that offer innovative ways to explore, play and learn.

An early fellow career fellow and former guest blogger for the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, he is the recipient of the National PBS Innovative Educator Award and the National PBS Teachers’ Choice Award.

A former preschool teacher for the Chicago Public Schools, Puerling has also worked as an early childhood teacher coach, a curriculum reviewer and a professional development facilitator for the Chicago Public Schools and the Rush University Medical Center Science and Math Excellence Network.

He currently serves as a member of the Nickelodeon Curriculum and Content Advisory Board and is a former member of the Sesame Workshop Teacher Council, where he shared his knowledge of trends in early childhood education and technology to help guide the planning for future Sesame Street television shows.

Puerling is also the author of the Teaching in the Digital Age series, which includes Teaching in the Digital Age: Smart Tools for Age 3 to Grade 3 (Redleaf Press, 2012), Teaching in the Digital Age for Preschool and Kindergarten: Enhancing Curriculum with Technology (Redleaf Press, November 2017) and the upcoming book, Teaching in the Digital Age to Support Social-Emotional Development in Young Children (Redleaf Press, November 2018). He is currently working on the fourth book in the series, which outlines practical strategies for integrating technology into early learning and has an anticipated release date of November 2019.

He holds a master of science degree in early childhood education from the Erikson Institute and a bachelor of science degree in early childhood and elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Puerling is currently pursuing a Certificate of Advanced Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Posts by Brian J. Puerling, M.S., N.B.C.T.

Using ChatterPix to Animate Number Stories

posted by Brian Puerling Note: Strategies provided in all four of February’s blog posts can be facilitated in both the home and the classroom, as well as other contexts.  Young children are often intrigued by the sense of magic that today’s technology seems to possess.  Though there is not magic in the devices, we can […]

Using ChromaKids to Support Co-Creation of Number Challenges

posted by Brian Puerling In 2016, I had the honor of being an Early Career Fellow for the Fred Rogers Center.  In this role, my charge was to develop a concept for an application that brought art, communication, and language together.  This open-ended application invites children of many ages to create stories independently or collaboratively […]

Tinkering-Practical Strategies for Hands-On Math Learning

posted by Leslie Layman At Harry S Truman College, where I serve as coordinator and adjunct faculty in the Child Development Department, we recently had the opportunity to create Early Childhood Education lab spaces. The most unique of our labs is the ECE Tinkering Lab. T lab serves as part woodshop, part methods lab, and […]