I just started taking two science classes, Biology and Chemistry, in the evenings. This week I participated in my first chemistry lab since 1988, complete with safety goggles and a Bunsen burner. It was so exciting! In the midst of all this chemistry, the neatest thing for me was helping another student with the math … 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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I do math. I teach math. I love math. I am a math nerd.
We're all familiar with the stereotypical image of the math nerd: a weak and fearful loser, a geek, someone with a button-down shirt and glasses. While I don’t sport a button-down shirt, … Continue Reading ››
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 ››
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 ››
Did you know that the average American consumes 52 quarts of popcorn a year? Or that sucking on an ice cube burns 2.3 calories?
These were just a few of the fascinating facts I learned recently while sitting in the movie theater with my eight year-old … Continue Reading ››
When I was in sixth grade, my family spent one year in Switzerland, which is where my parents come from and where my extended family still lives today. I went to a typical secondary school that year, and it gave me a student's view of a very different educational system from that in the U.S.
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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:
Several weeks ago, I spent a lot of time reviewing the grades 3–6 Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and identifying Sketchpad activities that addressed these standards. Through this immersion, I noted some themes that were quite different in the CCSS than the many other state standards I’ve reviewed in my time.
One of the things that … Continue Reading ››