Word Problems: when math students can’t solve them

For the first decade of my teaching career, I never saw a math textbook that didn’t relegate the “story problems” to the C section…and teachers didn’t expect many of their students to get them right. With the advent of the Common Core State Standards, though, teachers are feeling a compelling push for students to be … More Word Problems: when math students can’t solve them

Examining Structure in Special Quadratics with Google Drawing

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

Lying to parents

“Your son is behind in his math.”  What do these words mean and how are they typically understood by parents?  Of course that varies from classroom to classroom and district to district, but one message seems lost in the translation, “Parent, you need to pitch in here or this situation could have serious consequences in … More Lying to parents