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?
“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…
The American Psychology Association beautifully summarized the “Top 20 Principles From Psychology for PreK-12 Teaching and Learning” in a 2015 white paper. Somehow I missed seeing that back then, but I have seen papers that echo the same principles and have observed them in my own practice. Here’s my Reader’s Digest version: Ability Principle … More Math Ability: Where it comes from
High school math curriculum tends to be far too dense to divert much time to off-content activities. Yet, math is the M in STEM; so it seems to me that some of the responsibility for STEM connections rests on my profession. After all, who has more access to more students than core teachers? Students who … More Three ways to integrate STEM in High School Math
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
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
Exit slips, quizzes, pre-assessment, post-assessment…we teachers have toolboxes full of ways to figure out who doesn’t get it and who forgot it. Many of us have gotten so good at assessment and remediation that a student pretty much never needs to ask a question. After all, it’s the teacher’s job to make sure each student learns before … More Do your students hide or reach?