IEP for Everybody?

It is completely understandable for a teacher to wince when they think about how many students these days have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).   There seems to be more and more IEPs every year.  While it is great that students receive the special care they need, I have some concerns that at some point, IEPs could … More IEP for Everybody?

Why I Assign Homework: Dear Students, I love you…

“If I could change anything about our class…”  About half the responses to that question, mentioned homework.  My students are expected to complete an average of about 40 minutes of algebra homework pretty much every night.  In a decade where the anti-homework voices seem to be gaining momentum, it can be difficult for my students to … More Why I Assign Homework: Dear Students, I love you…

Building Competence in the Unfocused Student: It’s all in how we say it

In the past two years, I have been using an inquiry-based resource for a dozen different reasons, some of which include:  furthering retention in content, developing problem-solving skills that transfer beyond the classroom, developing social-emotional skills in a traumatized culture, teaching them to “reach” for information instead of waiting for me to force-feed them, and … More Building Competence in the Unfocused Student: It’s all in how we say it

Inspiring Social-Emotional Growth in Collaborative Learning Teams

I had huge concerns shifting my classroom from mostly direct instruction to piloting an inquiry based algebra textbook; but after researching the pros and cons, I dove in and haven’t regretted the journey.  Mathematics curriculum is typically very dense, and I have been determined that any changes I make not detract from content mastery in … More Inspiring Social-Emotional Growth in Collaborative Learning Teams