Category Archives: Professional Development

Are We Insane?

Thirty years after NCTM’s publication of An Agenda for Action (1980), and ten years after the release of Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (2000), the Common Core State Standards have been published by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The Common Core State Standards … Continue Reading ››

Professional Development the Singapore Way

For years we have heard how the American school system does not measure up to the Singapore school system in student achievement. Singapore's 4th and 8th grade students scored top place for Mathematics in 1995, 1999 and 2003 on the TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study - the earlier acronym was Third International … Continue Reading ››

I Hate Math

Picture the scene: You are at the neighborhood barbecue, milling around, eating, drinking and making small talk.  Some neighbors you don’t know well start up a conversation and naturally ask what you do for a living, to which you respond, “I am a math teacher.”  One or more of the following responses probably follows:

Influencing the Jury

I was flipping through TV channels recently when I came upon The Defenders, a courtroom drama. The show was new to me, but one courtroom scene—and one line in particular—resonated with my experience as an educator. In this scene, the defense attorney (and star of the show) gave a very short opening statement to the jury. … Continue Reading ››

Warning: Discomfort May Lead To Learning

Chaos. That's the way I would describe my first attempt at having my students try cooperative learning. Utter, complete chaos. Which came as a complete surprise to me at the time, because, after all, I had attended the training on cooperative learning and had done everything just the way I'd heard it explained! Continue Reading ››