I went to a workshop recently that mentioned the concept of "shelfware"--software you buy that ends up on a "shelf," not used. Of course, these days that shelf might be virtual.
This got me to thinking about iPad apps I've purchased and then minimally or never used, and why. About a month ago, I bought a … Continue Reading ››
I am here at the regional NCTM math conference in Atlantic City, so just wanted to share some things I have noted while talking with teachers at our booth today. Thanks to all of you who stopped by to play with Sketchpad, Fathom, or TinkerPlots on the computers, whiteboard, or even … Continue Reading ››
Two months ago I was in a meeting with a nationally recognized leader in math education when he said, “Any math teacher who does not use technology with students is committing malpractice.” Now, I have been a strong advocate for the use of technology tools in instruction since I started teaching in 1993. But, I … Continue Reading ››
Today I'd like to share my personal story about Key Curriculum Press, a company I've experienced as a classroom teacher, as an editor, and now as a parent.
For many weeks now, I've been trying to write a post about some of the dismal trends I see in education right now, but I keep getting bogged … Continue Reading ››
I was not a picky eater as a child. My parents had no trouble convincing me to eat my peas, artichokes, and even spinach (in the form of my dad’s delicious Thanksgiving stuffing). But I drew the line at Brussels sprouts. There was just no way for me to get over that cabbagy smell.
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Over the weekend, I attended the CMC-North conference at the Asilomar conference grounds. It's my favorite math teacher event of the year.
When I was a teacher, the combination of the beautiful, … Continue Reading ››
Do you remember your high school geometry class? I sure do—and I remember it fondly.
Mr. Brooks was in his first year at my high school, and we thought he was kinda cool with his full red beard and professorial glasses. In the first five minutes of our first class with Mr. Brooks, he told us … Continue Reading ››
As I recently worked on correlating our materials to the newly released Common Core State Standards, I was surprised to find many of the topics we commonly associate with a high school geometry course placed throughout the standards for elementary grades.
I was surprised, but not shocked. In fact, I've believed for a long … Continue Reading ››