Tag Archives: Problem Solving

Common Core Aligned! Nice new cover.

I’m just back from the NCSM and NCTM national conferences in Indianapolis.  I have nothing but kind words for the city and venues for the conferences.  It is a wonderful location for a conference; additionally, I highly recommend the haggis at MacNiven’s Restaurant and Bar on Massachusetts Ave.Continue Reading ››

I Hate Math

Picture the scene: You are at the neighborhood barbecue, milling around, eating, drinking and making small talk.  Some neighbors you don’t know well start up a conversation and naturally ask what you do for a living, to which you respond, “I am a math teacher.”  One or more of the following responses probably follows:

Statistics For All

In my daily search for math news, I found this great clip from TED from 2009 by Arthur Benjamin. The overall message from Professor Benjamin is that calculus shouldn't be the pinnacle of high school math courses that we push all students to strive for, but rather statistics and probability should be the 'mecca' of high … Continue Reading ››

Real-World Problems: Whose World Is It, Anyway?

At a meeting of mathematics supervisors this week there was much discussion about how to meet the needs of struggling learners. I thought of the students I’d worked with over twenty years in the classroom, and of how my kids caused me to rethink my teaching. They asked me a lot of surprising questions. Take this … Continue Reading ››

It’s Time for U.S. Students to Man (and Woman) Up!

Although the United States is one of the richest countries in the world, our high school students’ performance in math is woefully lacking. That’s according to the international assessments, including Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), or the Trends in International Mathematics … Continue Reading ››

The Ancient Abacus: Does it have a place in the classroom?

In a recent post, I shared a video of Conrad Wolfram’s TED talk that explores how the use of computers in the teaching of mathematics leads student to a richer math learning experience. But lately, I've been wondering: Could students find a similarly rich math learning experience through the abacus, a far less expensive … Continue Reading ››

The Basis for Life on Earth

Schools should use open-source textbooks rather than traditional textbooks. That’s the case David Thornburg makes in a recent blog post on Edutopia. Dr. Thornburg bases his reasoning on last month’s discovery by NASA that a microorganism living in Mono Lake uses arsenic rather than phosphorous to construct its DNA. He is entirely right … Continue Reading ››