Monthly Archives: January 2015

Mistake-making to sense-making

Here are my slides and my notes from my five minute Pecha Kucha-style presentation at Educon. The focus of my presentation was on my journey as someone who started his teaching as viewing students as mistake makers to being a teacher who views students as sense-makers. I’m going to talk today about my journey from […]

Academic Language in the Math Classroom

Here, go and read through this task from Illustrative Mathematics. I’ll wait for you. Pay attention to the use of academic language in the task.   Here are the academic vocabulary words I noticed students would need to understand (in an academic sense) in order to be able to do this task without any support: table, […]

Formative Assessment: More than just an exit ticket

As part of homeschooling my son, I recently started teaching a mathematics class to a group of 8 to 10 year olds on Saturday. In this class, I decided to use the TERC investigations curriculum. After reading through the curriculum overview, I decided that the major focus of the first unit of each year is […]

I have just three words of advice

I have just three words of advice. Study your teaching. You can’t control where your students come from, and you can’t control what their parents do, and you can’t control how society views them, and while all of these things are important, you can only pick a part of the problems you see and start working. […]