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Problems: then a miracle occurs

This is a post in the ongoing Emergent Math mini-series: Routines, Lessons, Problems, and Projects. Ah problems. I have to reveal my bias here: I love problems. Problematic problems. Problems are where I honestly cut my teeth as an educator. … Continue reading

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Lessons: the stuff we envision, only better

  When you think of a math lesson, you probably conjure up an image of a teacher in front of the classroom demonstrating mathematical concepts. While that certainly qualifies as a lesson, I’d like to broaden your mental image. Consider … Continue reading

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Routines: the driving beat of your class

This is a post in the ongoing Emergent Math mini-series: Routines, Lessons, Problems, and Projects. If our model of Routines, Lessons, Problems, and Projects is a four-piece band, routines are our persistent drum beat. It keeps the pace going and … Continue reading

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Routines, Lessons, Problems, and Projects: the DNA of your math classroom

This blog post introduces a new mini-series from Emergent Math: Routines, Lessons, Problems, and Projects. In my time in math classrooms – my own and others’ – I’ve developed a rough taxonomy of activities. Think of these as the Four … Continue reading

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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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