“When will we ever…” questions reflect the hearts of students who value their time. It is my job to provide evidence their efforts to learn algebra is time well spent. I have found it very helpful to show them parallel thought processes from real life. If I can relate those thought processes to a viable … More Relevance is Built into Algebra Tiles
Entering the classroom as a former stay-at-home mom, I didn’t understand how relationships figured into motivation. I didn’t understand “college readiness” because both of my sons were slackers who somehow made it through engineering school. Math curriculum is dense. We have enough on our plates. So what’s with the top-down initiatives aimed at motivation and … More I Teach Math: not all that other stuff
Attending state-level meetings in recent weeks has brought me to the conclusion that many math teachers are rightly terrified of teaching statistics brought in with the Common Core (CCSS). It’s not in our textbooks, we don’t remember much from college, and the kinds of statistics needed in a 21st Century market place have evolved from … More Stats: What’s a traditional math teacher to do with that?
What is a teacher (or student) supposed to do if a rebellious exponent breaks a law or rule? Shall we put it in the corner? Assign a detention? Every time I read about “laws” and “rules” for exponents I don’t have to curl my hair for 3 days because somehow we math teachers need to … More Do exponents follow laws?
Alas, I just read another article today about how students are disinterested in STEM. Lockheed inadvertently gave more reason for being tuned out in their response. Andrew Hacker has also made some serious arguments against STEM. Any overworked teacher might sigh in relief after reading these because they appear to be off the hook as far as … More Students-Teachers and the weird disinterest in STEM
Like most caring algebra teachers who have been at it for many years, there are very few algebra topics that I have difficulty getting a student to understand. Teachers who are in tune with the learning process become aware of what makes a topic difficult and systematically remove barriers to understanding. Getting concepts to stick, … More No solutions in parallel lines: getting it to stick
Would the textbook publishers please step up? Our students need to know how math is used in real jobs these days and I don’t have time to research all that. Sure, AutoCAD and other software replaces writing y=mx+b, but take a look at the algorithms in this video to understand one way linear equations are … More Queuing Analysis in Algebra: 21st Century Career Connections