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What does it mean to be problem based? An attempt to unwind “PrBL.”

Despite an increased awareness of this thing called “Problem-Based Learning,” (PBL/PrBL) there’s some nebulousness in what that word “based” means. Does it mean that students learn content within a problem? Does it mean students are honing their problem solving skills? If … Continue reading

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Math and the Message

“This isn’t right,” she says. “This can’t be right. All my friends got Math 7.” My soon-to-be 6th Grade daughter is near trembling as she held her the schedule for the upcoming school year. She compares her paper with friends who were both part … Continue reading

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Using August inservice to plan for May

In case you hadn’t noticed, school is starting soon for many teachers and students. Some have already started! Much of teachers’ inservice time is gobbled up by sometimes-helpful, sometimes-not professional development, new school procedures, supply gathering and those other necessities … Continue reading

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The Home Stretch

Teaching in Texas, there was always this weird interim period between the end of standardized exams and final exams around this time of year. Usually this time spanned for about three weeks or so, during which disengagement was rampant. On … Continue reading

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A presentation format for deeper student questioning and universal engagement

(Editor’s note: this post is part of my not-necessarily math related posts. I spend a good portion of time in non-math classes these days. And thank goodness, because it exposes me to practices that I wouldn’t otherwise have experienced.) I had … Continue reading

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On sequestering math

I struggle with how “special” we treat math in schools. It’s not uncommon for math teachers and departments to run professional development apart from all other subjects. Or use different classroom norms. Or instruct entirely differently. Or blog or tweet … Continue reading

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Protocol me maybe (teaching edition)

Facilitating is really hard. We miss things. Perhaps is little misconceptions that we hear but don’t make it to our brain because we’re too busy taking roll and pointing out where to pick up missing work for the umpteenth time. … Continue reading

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Global Math Department 12/15/15 – Designing Systems of Teacher Learning around Student Work

I’m chatting with the Global Math Department on 12/15/15 about using student work as the driver of teacher learning. Consider this post a repository for pertinent links, my slide deck, and a comment section for further conversation. GMD_LASW Link to … Continue reading

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Shuttling vs. Driving to the Airport

A quick Would You Rather today. I was inspired by a teacher asking students to model airport parking as a means to get at linear equations. I thought I’d frame it similarly, but using the WYR format, because I like … Continue reading

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Complaining about what students don’t know vs. learning how to teach that stuff yourself

It’s a lot easier to complain that students don’t know, say, their multiplication tables than to actually teach multiplication. Setting aside the oft problematic mindset of a teacher complaining about what “these kids” don’t know for the time being, consider … Continue reading

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