Where did people get the idea that schooling was neutral anyways? On my newsletter, I succinctly suggest that schooling was never neutral. In recent times, …

## Why Math Is A Social Justice Issue [Edutopia]

Read my latest entry at Edutopia, my posit that math is a social justice issue: Even though Americans generally believe that math is the most …

## A System of Ninety Equations

I barely know what week I’m in right now. We just finished the second marking period and we’re just starting to get into systems of …

## Week 1: I Belong Here (On Starting Exponents)

I’ve started my unit on exponents the same exact way for the last five years. I’d give my students the definition of exponent and base, …

## Another Reason I Don’t Like FOIL In Math

I recently wrote an article for Edutopia about factoring polynomials using areas and why FOIL is absolute crap: For one, I’m not a fan of …

## So What If It’s Not Relevant Right Now? (Just Math It)

This week, I’m supposed to teach my students how to solve a system of equations by elimination. It’s the hardest of the four ways for …

## Short Notes: Back To School 2013 OMG What Have I Done? Edition

A few notes: Hannah Nguyen bursts onto the scene with a comment at Michelle Rhee’s Teacher Town Hall last week. Check this out! [InspirEDucation] Richard …

## Grant Wiggins and How I View Math Curriculum

This week, a few of us got into a discussion, and involved Grant Wiggins. He calls himself a troublemaker, but I don’t remember seeing him …

## Math As A Merit Badge (And Other Comments)

The responses to my last post about math (who said I’m not a math blogger again?) ranged from the plauditory to the super-critical. Here’s a …

## No One Puts Algebra 2 In A Corner (Math For All Kids)

First, let me say that this Nicholson Baker article already starts off wrong by not discussing al-Khwarizmi’s contributions to algebra, mainly NAMING it. Secondly, this …

## Short Notes: A Cautionary Tale for Edubloggers

A few notes: The New York Daily News wants you to nominate teachers for their Hometown Heroes award. Start your engines, ladies and gentlemen. [NY …

## My Philosophy On Math Pedagogy, And Other Tidbits [Edutopia]

Here’s an excerpt from my latest at Edutopia (including a diss on Robert Marzano and the like). It’s about engaging math teachers: Keep This Rule …

## Why Learning Math Is Political

For my own professional development, I picked up the book Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights by Robert Moses. The book equates the struggles …

## Teaching Exponents In Eighth Grade, Part 1: [Old To The Now]

Every so often, I’m inserting some posts on pedagogy, especially for those of us who aren’t as math-inclined. If you find this helpful, just let …

## Great. Another Non-Math Person Complaining About Algebra.

Holy cow, Andrew Hacker. Shut up! OK, that was a bit harsh. Warranted, but harsh. Say what you want to, but lower your voice a …