Tag Archives: Ignite

A Swan Song for Sweet Karen Coe

Today I leave for my first proper vacation in a year and a half. Last time I took such a vacation, Key sold its high school textbooks to Kendall Hunt and transformed from a publishing company to a educational technology company. This time I just hope to survive the end of the world. 🙂 Before … Continue Reading ››

The Standards Are Not The Curriculum

We were so impressed by Jamila Riser's talk at NCSM a couple of years ago that we asked her to present an Ignite! for us this year. Now, we've asked her to guest blog so we can share even more about the amazing work she's doing in Delaware. Jamila is the Director of the Delaware … Continue Reading ››

California Dreaming: Reflections on the ISTE Conference

If you're the kind of teacher I was, you may never have heard of ISTE—the International Society for Technology in Education. I'd never heard of them either. Every year, ISTE puts on a very large, well-organized, and international gathering of teachers, techies, and marketeers in a gadget, … Continue Reading ››

What do you wonder? Real-world math problems are everywhere

We hear this everywhere - students should be doing "real-world" math and they should be applying what they learn in math to "real-world situations." Textbooks and math resources advertise their "real-world problem solving" experiences and "real-life math applications." But, as those of us who are math teachers can attest, often times the real-world examples are … Continue Reading ››

What’s up with Key? A Response to Dan Meyer

The other week Dan Meyer sent out this tweet. While we appreciate the compliment (and the resulting increase in traffic), it's the first part of that sentence … Continue Reading ››

New Year’s Resolution—more PD!

Last year my colleagues and I traveled around the country attending conferences and workshops for mathematics educators. We also “met” thousands of teachers online when they participated in our online courses and webinars. We gave talks, hosted Ignite! events, delivered workshops, chatted to teachers who visited our booth, gave demos, encouraged people to try our … Continue Reading ››

“If you can do math, you can do anything.”

I joined Key Curriculum Press in the summer of 1996 as a member of the Sales and Marketing team. I had just moved to the US a few months earlier from Athens, Greece, via Scotland (that’s a whole other story). One of the first events was the summer sales meeting. I didn’t have a car … 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 ››

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 ››