A preservice teacher asked an interesting question in the NCTM forum this week. She cited progressive approaches to learning and asked for advice about implementing them in her new classroom. A year ago I would have cheered her on, but now is not the time. Here’s my response: NCTM is not the only one advocating … More Dear new teacher, now may not be the time…
A lament was recently posted on Twitter by a teacher I have long admired. He had been dealing with a student complaint, “Why don’t you just tell us?” The student had become quite vocal. Fortunately, he has enough support, experience, and confidence to know that easy learning is often useless. But I wonder if other … More Why make it harder than it needs to be?
As a former Nearpod-Peardeck user, I have been studying the functionality of Classkick which is also pretty much free–scroll down to see basic vs. pro (https://app.classkick.com/#/order). I didn’t know it, but years ago, the infamous Dan Meyer was calling attention to Classkick. (How’d I miss that?!) Anyway, I am blown away. BUT, some of you … More Classkick or Google Slides?
Last week I brought a favorite team activity online, and my students seemed to enjoy it even more in Zoom breakout rooms with their classroom teams than they normally do in the real classroom. Maybe it’s the challenge of tech work-rounds, figuring out how to share their screens, or just being bored at home, but … More Inequalities Genius
We see a need to do things differently but have concerns about a parental revolt. At that point, education leaders (teachers, principals, etc….”eds”) must make a choice: devise a plan that might convince the parents do what parents think they want to see, and make it appear successful With the threat of being on the … More Who will tell the parents?
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
I have taught “difference of squares” and “perfect squares” for over ten years using various traditional instructional techniques including “compare and contrast;” but this year I tapped into Google Drawing to increase the intensity of student engagement. I copied and pasted a group of expressions from the exploration in our CPM textbook so when my … More Examining Structure in Special Quadratics with Google Drawing
In an effort to weed extraneous & irrelevant material from algebra our curriculum to both make it more relevant, it might be tempting to remove Unit Circles because they are not included in the list of widely applicable prerequisites of the Common Core. The unit circle is traditionally taught by having students memorize “special angle” positions like … More Unit Circles: Relevance in CCSS
Why Dan Meyer will always be a math family favorite. Dan Meyer’s famous Graphing Stories continue to be useful to me as a high school algebra teacher as I move more into inquiry based learning to engage my students. Here’s an example of how students can develop Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for algebra while … More Meyer-Graphing Stories in Algebra 1
The intro to a statistics lesson in my textbook is a problem about an anthropologist who discovered an early hominoid ulna in Europe. Ugh. I wanted to quit teaching. How could I totally alienate my students with this huge yawn? When would they ever… But wait! Data analytics is a whole world full of exciting … More A Stats lesson I dreaded until….