Tag Archives: Common Core State Standards

Waiting for the Assessment: Why the Standards Need to Be Adopted Now

Jim Ryan recently asked, "What is the difference in teaching to the standards and teaching to the test?" I, too, have heard this question raised again and again over the years, and now that many states are adopting the Common Core State Standards, the differences between teaching to standards and teaching to a test are … Continue Reading ››

Walk Like a Mathematician

Over the weekend, I attended the CMC-North conference at the Asilomar conference grounds. It's my favorite math teacher event of the year.
Photo by Captain Albert E. Theberge, NOAA Corps (retired)
When I was a teacher, the combination of the beautiful, … Continue Reading ››

Teaching to Standards and Teaching to a Test: What’s the Difference?

I’ve engaged in discussions trying to answer this question ever since I started teaching AP calculus in 1995. Since 2001, when the No Child Left Behind assessments and high school graduation exams were implemented, this question has become even more relevant. In fact, it has raised more questions than answers. For instance: Continue Reading ››

Mathematics > Computation

I enjoy browsing the TED video collection, which includes a series of talks by “thinkers and doers” in the areas of technology, entertainment, and design (hence the acronym “TED”). Similar to the five-minute Ignite talks that Key Curriculum Press hosts at various math conferences, TED presentations challenge their speakers to give the “talk … 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 ››

Back to the Future: Finding Traces of the Common Core in an 1893 Textbook

I was taken aback when I saw that a theater was showing the Michael J. Fox movie, Back to the Future, in celebration of its 25th anniversary. My first thought was, “Darn, am I that old?” After taking my Gingko Biloba, my memory was successfully jogged … Continue Reading ››