Author Archives: Geoff

Working while sad

Until recently, I would have classified myself as a “happy” person. Now I’m not so sure. Every day when I or my wife picks up my son at school there’s a 50/50 chance he’s in the counselor’s or principal’s office … Continue reading

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When 1/25 ≠ 2/50: team teaching

My son attends an “open concept” school, a term that belittles the potential for such learning space. Before he started attending that school, I had heard of “open concept” as a fad that passed through schools in the 1970’s and … Continue reading

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Stop Thief!, The Fugitive and introducing equations of circles

When I was a kid, we had this super high-tech board game called Stop Thief!. The gist was this: someone committed a crime somewhere on the game board, which was rife with jewelry displays, unattended cash registers and safes. Your job … Continue reading

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Necessary conditions: understanding groupwork with a three-legged pedagogical framework

At some point this year (2018), I’ll have a book for you to read from Stenhouse that proposes a framework for effective math classrooms. These are the three broad ingredients that create a successful math classroom as well as how … Continue reading

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Counting Idling Cars

I’m sitting in my car, waiting to pick up my son from school. It’s too cold to wait outside  this time of year so I keep the heat on, the engine running, and continue listening to the Dunc’d On Basketball … Continue reading

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Why we teach the “other stuff”

“I don’t know what to say.” “I don’t know how to talk to him.”   I’m sitting in a coffee shop with my back facing a mentor and her mentee, a college student who is apparently struggling through her semester. … Continue reading

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Vivienne Malone-Mayes and Waco, Texas

Vivienne Malone-Mayes grew up in Waco, TX, a highly segregated community in a highly segregated state. She attended a highly segregated high school where she graduated two years early at the age of 16 so she could pursue Mathematics at … Continue reading

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You are the Name Rememberer

I’m just not good with names: It takes me a long time to remember them and even then I sometimes forget.  Not anymore. For you are the Name Rememberer. The One Who Remembers Names. It’s difficult with so many students. … Continue reading

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Find, Adapt, Create: A Path Towards More Agreeable Task Design Time

In the past I consistently struggled with making the turn from the excitement toward problem-based learning (PrBL) to the actual design of complex, engaging problems. Typically I would spend the morning building the buy-in (the “why”), another part of the … Continue reading

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2017 New Tech Network PBL Chopped Recap

I had the honor of co-designing and MC’ing the first ever PBL Chopped competition at the New Tech Annual Conference in July. While this is typically a blog about math instruction, this experience welcomed all content areas and all grade levels, … Continue reading

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