Category Archives: Education Policy

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 ››

“Never Give Up!” Really? Do You Mean It?

During the past 20 years of working in and visiting schools, the most common slogan I have seen in classrooms is “Never Give Up!” The poster below is just one example of the many that we have all seen hanging on classroom walls, encouraging students to persevere when learning becomes difficult. Continue Reading ››

When a Silent Board Game Speaks Volumes

I love Sandy’s metaphor of the waves of educational reform: As a teacher of mathematics since the mid-seventies, I have seen a lot of “waves” of reform come and go. All promise increased student performance with the implementation of the latest bells and whistles…. The latest “wave” of reform is the Common Core State Standards. I was … Continue Reading ››

Will the Common Core State Standards change math instruction?

I regularly tell my colleagues that teaching AP Calculus made me a much better pre-algebra teacher. Why? It's not like 17-year-old calculus students and 17-year-old pre-algebra students have similar learning styles and needs. A calculus course takes pre-algebra skills for granted. So I can’t point to a great deal of content overlap. The reason is simple: … Continue Reading ››