Tag Archives: Education in the Media

Spreading the education love…

In my own personal quest to read and learn about educational changes and share these with teachers in hopes they can enhance their students learning, I have come across some amazing educators.  These educators provide insight and ideas about education and student learning that I think goes a long way in improving this "space between … Continue Reading ››

Is it Time to Means Test Education?

As we watch the debt-ceiling negotiations among our political leaders, one thing is increasingly clear, the limited resources available for public education will remain tightly constrained for years to come. Both sides are suggesting substantial cuts to the federal education budget. The extent of the cuts is still to be determined, but there is no … Continue Reading ››

Without Motivation, Standards and Assessment Are Worthless

I think all of us who have ventured into a high school classroom have faced the challenge of working with students who, for whatever reasons, are not motivated in class.  There are some reasons for this that go well beyond the scope of a math teacher's relationship with a student.  That said, the common approach … Continue Reading ››

Show Me What You Know

I was recently reading a blog where a debate raged regarding the validity of a math activity.  The debate, as I saw it, is between: Side A:  Proponents of math activities that contain a minimum amount of given information so that students must hypothesize, test, and conjecture in order to arrive upon a reasonable … Continue Reading ››

A Farmer Knows That You Can’t Fatten Pigs by Weighing Them All the Time

Unfortunately, some education policy folks believe that the more you test students, the smarter they become. This past weekend I participated in a meeting hosted by COMAP where the primary topic of discussion was the upcoming assessments tied to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Among the participants were curriculum developers and representatives from both … Continue Reading ››

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 ››