April 9, 2017

So what is "math empathy"?  Well it is not a term that I have ever really heard used. I am not claiming at all to be the originator of this term, however, I have not encountered many math educators who incorporate this term as part of their daily pedagogical lexicon ev...

March 19, 2017

I have always had it in my head that it is important to make it clear to my peers, administrators, students and their parents who I am as an educator.  Back then, I was driven by my need to do things differently and differentiate myself among my peers.  My ideas of bei...

February 12, 2017

It would be beneficial to every teacher and student to concentrate on certain dispositions that would facilitate a more rigorous and thought-provoking lessons.  More specifically, these dispositions are collectively called the Habits of Mind.

Art Costa and Bena Kallick...

December 18, 2016

Homework is that dreaded word that makes kids shudder every time it is said out loud. There is always a collective groan from my class whenever I say, "And tonight's homework will be..." As a math teacher, I am supposed to be giving nightly homework assignments right?...

October 16, 2016

Parents usually feel comfortable speaking to their children about letters, words, and sentences, but what about speaking to them about numbers, fractions, and decimals?  There are studies that support the notion that speaking math at home can predict math achievement i...

September 18, 2016

For those of you who expect me to reveal some hidden secret of how to ace math tests without having to do any work, I think you may be reading the wrong blog.  You probably need to wait for my "How to Fail a Math Test" blog.  Hopefully by then, you would have NOT alrea...

August 20, 2016

Ahhhh...Open House/Back to School Night! It is that evening in the beginning of the school year where you rush home after work (much to your child's chagrin) so that you can freshen up and race to get to the school on time for some educational festivities.  For others,...

August 13, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like the holiday season again---at least at the mall.  Yes, it is that time of year where once again you get to fight for a parking spot at the mall (and Target) in your quest to purchase all the back-to-school items on your child(ren)'s li...

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