Tag Archives: Pedagogy

Sketchpad Activities, Cognitive Demand, and Differentiation

Not long ago, I conducted a Saturday morning PD session for some Texas teachers participating in an NSF research project. (The research is a controlled study of the relationship between students’ use of Sketchpad and their conjecturing and proving behavior. I hope we’ll have a blog post about this study itself before too long.) Because of the … 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 ››

Touching the Math

Sketchpad has always been great for learning by doing. You can create a triangle and then manipulate the angles with your mouse and observe the results. There is something really primal, though, about using an iPad or a Smart Board, reaching in and grabbing the geometry with your bare hands. … Continue Reading ››

“Because it’s difficult to ask a video questions”

It’s the day after the Learning Without Frontiers annual conference and I’m sitting at my sister’s desk in north London reflecting on an amazing couple of days. There’s a lot to unpack from two solid days of listening to 20-minute talks by people who have dedicated their lives to the important topics in education. Interestingly, though, … Continue Reading ››

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 ››

Difficult Questions. Keep ’em Coming.

I was recently reminded of how important it is to evaluate student interaction when determining the professional development needs of a school or teacher. I was in a classroom, trying to be invisible, observing a strong teacher and her students.  Three very engaged students were debating the appropriate approach to solving an algebra problem; they were … Continue Reading ››