Tag Archives: Use Appropriate Tools Strategically

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 ››

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 ››

How the Common Core Can Save Your Life (Or At Least Help You Graduate, Get Into College, and Win the Girl of Your Dreams)

I recently discovered a book called How Math Can Save Your Life: (And Make You Rich, Help You Find The One, and Avert Catastrophes) by James D. Stein, who shares his thoughts on problems and scenarios that confront us and how we can use math (or simple arithmetic) to solve those problems. He … Continue Reading ››

Reflections, Multiple Representations, and Key

Today I'd like to share my personal story about Key Curriculum Press, a company I've experienced as a classroom teacher, as an editor, and now as a parent. For many weeks now, I've been trying to write a post about some of the dismal trends I see in education right now, but I keep getting bogged … Continue Reading ››

Eat Your Vegetables! Do Your Math!

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. [caption id="" … 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 ››

Walk Like a Mathematician

Over the weekend, I attended the CMC-North conference at the Asilomar conference grounds. It's my favorite math teacher event of the year.
Photo by Captain Albert E. Theberge, NOAA Corps (retired)
When I was a teacher, the combination of the beautiful, … 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 ››