Tag Archives: Standards for Mathematical Practice

Innovative Learning Conference Report

On Friday I attended a conference that I'd never been to before, the Innovative Learning Conference. The conference is held on the grounds of Nueva School, a rather posh private school in Hillsborough, CA that serves gifted students, and it's a lovely setting for engaging in deep thinking about education. The … Continue Reading ››

What Constitutes Malpractice?

Two months ago I was in a meeting with a nationally recognized leader in math education when he said, “Any math teacher who does not use technology with students is committing malpractice.” Now, I have been a strong advocate for the use of technology tools in instruction since I started teaching in 1993. But, I … 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 ››

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 ››

Modeling: A Mathematical Practice and a Content Standard?

Have you ever thought about the fact that “modeling” in the Common Core is not only in the Standards for Mathematical Practice, but also is a content standard? I have to admit that I hadn’t really thought much about it until a colleague asked me how the two things differed. I immediately started researching to … 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 ››