Tag Archives: The Reflective Educator

Could you build a nuclear power plant given the right reward?

From Facebook: “my daughter and I were brought in to talk about her ” learning disabilities ” and how she was not applying herself . They talked about punishments and incentives . After listening to everyone I asked . ” If I asked you to build a nuclear power plant could you do it ?” […]

I was not born to teach

I was not born a technology person.  I am a person who does not accept that he does not know how to do something related to technology and explores how he does it until he figures it out. I am a person who will occasionally search to the fifteenth page of a Google search until I […]

Sharing individualized comments with students with Autocrat

Much of the research on formative assessment suggests that grades are not effective as feedback because they do not provide students with actionable information they can use to move their learning forward. Comments and questions are much more useful to students when grades are not included. Unfortunately, if you have 180 students, providing individualized feedback […]

Formative Assessment Responses

Formative assessment means more than just giving a quiz or an exit ticket. An assessment is only formative if the teacher (or her students) respond to the information gathered. However coming up with an appropriate response is typically hard to do. After all, the most common finding in formative assessment is that a significant, but perhaps […]

Two different approaches to teaching

Here’s an approach to teaching about the relationships between the different forms of the equation of a line that is based on constructivism. Be clear with students what the objective for the lesson is today. Give students a tool for looking at the relationships between the different forms of the equation of a line. Ask them […]

Magdalene Lampert on Ambitious Math Teaching

This is a video of Magdalene Lampert taking about Ambitious Math Teaching. I’m sharing it mostly so I don’t forget where it is.

This Kind of Teaching

I read an important passage in Elizabeth Green’s book “How to Build a Better Teacher” and decided that I had missed something important when reading about Magdalene Lampert’s teaching. Below is a summary of some of the important features of her teaching as I see them. The first tweet is the thing that I had […]

A catalog of mathematics education resources

I’m tired of having to search all over the place to find the-link-to-that-mathematics-resource-I-really-want-now-and-bookmarked-a-year-ago and so I created a spreadsheet to keep track of the various mathematics resources as I learn about them. Yes, I know I could have done this with Diigo or Delicious, but I prefer the portability and simplicity of a spreadsheet. I’ve […]

Grand Challenge for NCTM

NCTM recently asked for Grand Challenges that are ambitious but feasible, positively impacting many people, and which should capture the public interest. Here is my grand challenge: Develop a comprehensive, national professional development model that supports the high quality mathematics instruction they have been promoting for many years.   Here’s what I think that could […]

Why is it so hard to change math education?

Imagine you are asked to learn about something, and the only way someone can help you understand it is with words, because there are too few examples of it around to actually see it for yourself. You think you know what it is they are talking about, but you keep getting confused because your image […]