Embedding Honors Math (or any other subject) within Regular High School Classes

There has been quite a discussion about the difference between regular math classes and honors on Robert Kaplinsky’s blog over the past year.  When he first posted it, I was just getting my feet wet with inquiry learning and didn’t really understand how the algebra book I was piloting was building knowledge.  Now that I get … More Embedding Honors Math (or any other subject) within Regular High School Classes

Moving Every HS Math Student Toward Academic Excellence

I literally lie awake nights thinking of ways to increasing student engagement, and each year I find more ways to improve; but I always have some students who still seem disinterested in becoming math rock stars.  Go figure (ha!).  I teach average students which means they are all very bright, but there are a million other … More Moving Every HS Math Student Toward Academic Excellence

3 Challenges for Teacher-Generated Math Curricula

When the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were initially released, there were virtually no math textbooks available to fill the need for close alignment.  Some publishers managed to continue marketing their textbooks by doing little more than placing a CCSS sticker on the front.  Teachers who recognized CCSS shifts began heroically filling the gaps by … More 3 Challenges for Teacher-Generated Math Curricula

Four challenges students need to understand to improve their learning

My students and I have had much to learn much about how we learn since I started piloting an inquiry-based-learning (IBL) algebra textbook this year.  Our context for teaching and learning is drastically different for all of us.  From my research into the science of learning, I was confident IBL would be the best improvement I … More Four challenges students need to understand to improve their learning

Unit Circles: Relevance in CCSS

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