*Waiting for*“Superman” with an open mind. I’ve had the privilege of working with many dedicated and intelligent educators, and if the systemic challenges of public education could be solved in a … Continue Reading ››

# Issuing a Recall

# So, What Counts as Mathematics?

Last week Andres referenced the *Washington Post* op-ed, How much math do we really need? This is an important question, particularly since more states are requiring students to take advanced algebra to graduate from high school. But, I am more interested in the question:

Does taking math matter if students can’t use it?

# Heavy Probability in a Geometry Course?

# How much math do we really need?

*The Washington Post,*and it reminded me of the best one-liner I ever delivered in the classroom. One of my students—in an effort to derail the lesson into a more interesting side discussion—asked the perennial question, but with one significant change to the … Continue Reading ››

# Data and Statistics: A Way of Thinking

# When a Silent Board Game Speaks Volumes

*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 ››

# Hello, World (of Geometry)

# Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There: Words of Advice from a Common Core Author

“Don’t just do something, stand there.” That’s a line Dr. Bill McCallum, one of the writers of the Common Core State Standards, used in his presentation at the California Algebra Forum in San Jose, CA, which I attended last week.

Dr. Bill McCallum, one of the writers of the standards, used the line, “Don’t just do something, stand there,” when introducing the Standards for Mathematical Practice. He described a how he uses this line frequently in his teaching and it immediately struck a chord with me.