Last week, I mentioned that, having begun to attempt to slay one of the two giants of inquiry-based math instruction, I’d be steering into a potentially trickier aspect of inquiry based instruction: namely that of instruction and facilitation. Most of us learned math like this. We have decades of evidence suggesting that this method of … Continue reading An oversimplified model of an inquiry-based lesson, with visual aids
In talking to math teachers about an Inquiry- , Project- , or Problem-Based approach, these are the following questions that come up most often. 1) "How am I supposed to cover all the standards using this approach?" and, 2) "So, when do I actually teach?" An attempt at the first question is reflected in the … Continue reading Inquiry-Based instruction, in a PNG-nutshell
Since I last blogged about my son's very normal obsession with technology, this happened: [Zoodle Pad app for iPad and iPhone] This was my son's first experience with an iPad. He immediately began drawing with his finger, followed by him picking up the device and turning it over to see what would happen to the … Continue reading I really hope my son’s future teacher assigns him lots of worksheets, Part 2
So I am a Math Coach for the New Tech Network. And I really love my job. And here's why. A few weeks ago we ran our New Schools training. And, if I may say, it was really awesome. I was able to see the growth in teachers as they began to structure their classrooms … Continue reading Alfie Kohn “goosed” us. I probably deserved it.
As a teacher in a Project Based Learning (PBL) school, I cherished the projects I created. I worked diligently to ensure that all PBL units I developed were rigorous and engaging. They were oftentimes a beautiful marriage between my Schoolwide Learning Outcomes and my state content standards, a labor of love that took weeks to … Continue reading Things that are Good: A Problem Based Learning Approach in Mathematics
What is it your students really do well? For those that aren’t intimately familiar with the classic ¡The Three Amigos!, as I am, this scene takes place as the villainous (and infamous) El Guapo and his henchmen are riding horseback to destroy the village of Santa Poco. Outmanned and outgunned, the people of Santa Poco … Continue reading ‘What is it your students really do well?’ What “The Three Amigos” can teach us about Project Based Learning
Our scene opens with the Teacher and the Student in a moderately decorated classroom. The walls are covered with posters, both inspirational and informative. The Student is seated at one of dozens of neatly aligned desks, facing the Teacher, who stands in front of a whiteboard covered in information, examples, and tasks. The Teacher is … Continue reading What Teachers Want: An Education Parable Written By a Math Teacher
/sarcasm'd Seriously though, this is my just-turned-3 year-old son and he (and thousands like him) are just a couple years away from hitting the public school system like freight trains. Are our schools ready for them? P.S. Here's his finished masterpiece.