According to Grant Wiggins, there are seven essential elements of effective feedback. Feedback should be: goal-referenced, tangible and transparent, actionable, user-friendly, timely, ongoing, consistent. I recently looked at the new Common Core Math section of the Khan Academy. I’d like to analyze it within this framework of feedback. Here is a sample exercise from […]

## Monthly Archives: May 2014

### 1 minute summary: Why do we teach math?

Here is a one minute summary of a post I wrote about why we teach math. I created this summary video as part of an application for TED@NYC. I think my odds of being accepted are improbably slim, but the opportunity cost is low.

### What is good teaching?

What constitutes “good teaching” is not a well defined term. My evidence for this claim is that so many organizations appear to use very different exemplars of good teaching when sharing their work. For example, this is considered good teaching by the Whole Brain Teaching institute. The Program for Complex Instruction would likely define […]

### Using Rich Math Tasks for Formative Assessment

This is the presentation proposal I submitted last Thursday to the NCTM conference committee. Would you attend this workshop? Description: Effective mathematics teaching is more than just teaching procedures; students must have opportunities to grapple with rich mathematics. In this workshop we will collaboratively investigate using rich math tasks to explore students’ use of […]

### Why I support Common Core Math

I’m not an expert on standards by any means, but I know that the standards in British Columbia (where I was trained to teach) were coherent and made sense. You could follow the threads through the years and understand why they had been designed that way. I know that the Common Core content standards in […]

### What is strategic inquiry?

tl;dr: Strategic inquiry is a lesson study structure. One of my roles in my current job is to help facilitate team meetings for two schools. In these team meetings, our objective is to collaboratively study our individual impact on student learning, and work together to design instructional strategies for improving the learning outcomes of […]

### Five minute formative assessment strategy

First, give an exit slip to your students based on a particularly important concept (PIC) for which you want to check for understanding. Next, sort the exit slips into piles based on the method students chose to use (whether they used it perfectly or not). Choose two examples from the student work that highlight one […]

### Introducing people to social media using analogies

The objective of my presentation at NCTM in New Orleans was to introduce participants to social media, which was made difficult because participants did not have Internet access. As it turns out, this ended up forcing me into a couple of activities which were pivotal experiences for participants. Here are my slides from my presentation. […]