Five Summer Must Reads for Math Teachers

Summer is upon us and you are considering how to best spend this time preparing for next year. My mentor teacher advised me to pick just one book to read over the summer and make a plan for how to implement its ideas in my classroom. I am actually a very avid reader so I want to provide some recommendations for other math teachers whether you teach elementary school or high school.

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What is Problems-Based Learning?

Problems based learning is an approach to teaching mathematics where problems drive the curriculum and the day-to-day learning. When I was a kid, word problems always came at the end of the worksheet or the end of the text book assignment. You had to figure out how to smush those…

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Group work in the age of Coronavirus

Group work is on my mind often lately. It is generally the center of my teaching practice and the classroom structure I enjoy the most. My use of group work varies throughout the year but I believe that it is essential to good mathematics and to good learning. But I…

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Teaching Philosophy

Learning to be consumers and producers of mathematics is necessary for all students and is accomplished by active investigation, collaborative learning, and meaningful communication.

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When math is more than numbers

I originally wrote this in October 2013 as a reflection on a research teaching experience. It is said that the best lessons and those teachable moments occur when we least expect it. For a math teacher, the teachable moments arise when we as a class can explore the mathematics at…

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Learning from great teachers

This post was originally published on LinkedIn on June 6, 2015. Friday was my final day of that dreaded student teaching experience. While one part of me is extremely glad that the non-paid work portion of my life is over, most of me is saddened to leave behind a great…

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