All posts by Tim Pope

Tim Pope no longer works with Key Curriculum Press. His posts and biography have been preserved for the archives. After ten years in the classroom teaching a myriad of subjects and spending a couple of years as a principal on the Navajo reservation (oh, the stories I can tell), I have spent the last seven years doing math professional development at the Dana Center and now at Key Curriculum. My focus now is on helping schools and districts implement Key resources.

Without Motivation, Standards and Assessment Are Worthless

I think all of us who have ventured into a high school classroom have faced the challenge of working with students who, for whatever reasons, are not motivated in class.  There are some reasons for this that go well beyond the scope of a math teacher's relationship with a student.  That said, the common approach … Continue Reading ››

Creativity in the Classroom: If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It

I recently joked with my colleagues that, for my next blog post, I was going to do a Google trend search and connect math to whatever the top topic for the day was. However, finding the mathematics behind winter school closings in Minnesota too depressing and yet another alleged affair involving a married politician a … Continue Reading ››