## On ELA, Math, and School, Because We Gotta Talk School

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]

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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

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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)

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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]

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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

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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]

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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.

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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 …

## Stay In Your Lane [A Math Teacher’s Lament]

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Why do people stigmatize math teachers? It’s bad enough we teach people that they’re either math people or they’re not (patent lie, I promise you). …

## Beware The Calculator

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As a math coach, people always want to catch my ear about the use of a calculator. I ought to put my voice into the …

## Love Is The Base, Not The Exponent (A Theorem Semi-Proven)

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Recently, I’ve been going over exponents with my students for the big math state test next week. Not sure if it was the chalk hitting …

## Finding A Needle in A Stack of Needles: A Solution to the Racial Achievement Gap

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In the category of “Yes, That Makes Complete Sense,” David Kirp of The LA Times reported that scientists have figured out a 1-hour “fix” for …

## Creativity Is Almost Dead … and Non-Educators Want To Kill It

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After posting a few crosswalk documents between the New York State math standards and The Common Core Standards on this site and at my place …

## The Idea of Race As A Number Line

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I recently had the delightful experience of hanging out with the alumni of Nativity Mission Center, the Lower East Side based Catholic middle school, most …

## Unit Plan on Percents

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I’ll write something meatier later, but here’s my unit plan for percents. Use it however you like. Comment as you need to. Tell me what …

## Rest Elbows on Table, Insert Chin Into Hands (Pick Your Head Up Afterwards)

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This is the reason I don’t like reading the papers in NYC. They’re either filled with information I’ve already read, information that’s misinformation, or information …

## FACK! [Or, 5 Ways To Handle The Day Before The Big Math Test]

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To new math teachers, this sort of stress only compares to that getting injected with a thin, long needle for the first time or sitting …

## The Real Purpose of Math Is …

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Anyone who’s ever had to fill in this blank understands my pain: “The real purpose of learning math is _____” I have a variety of …

## Tearing the House Down pt. 1: No (Limiting) Math Gimmicks!

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I could have easily declared the following as a math teacher, but I’m being more demonstrative now: No. More. FOIL. Anyone who’s followed these posting …

## I Need Your Full Cooperation and Total Attention

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Just a few things I’d like to mention. I came into my classroom ready to breeze through the last few standards before the NYS Math …

## Open Thread: What Makes a Good Math Teacher?

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Here are a few good questions for everyone. At the behest of brran, I’ve decided to start an open thread about math teachers. As the …

## A Life’s Perspective on Ratios

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You know you’re a math teacher when even I’m even starting to make the small parts of life mathematical. A few instances: Friend Quality vs. …

## Ojala Que Llueva Cafe En El Campo (Hope That It Rains Coffee In The Field)

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Juan Luis Guerra’s quintessential song is “Ojala Que Llueva Cafe En El Campo,” a song that comes across more as a incantation that the poor …

## Ace of Bases

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This week, I’ve taken Greg Tang’s advice from the NCTM Conference and started working with the kids on different bases. And by different bases, I …

## 8 Things I Learned At the NCTM (or Planet of the 8s)

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I have to tell you, I definitely felt like I learned a lot at the conference I keep telling you all about. I discovered a …

## Abstracting the Concrete

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Last week in the classroom, I started dreading the idea of the two worst words for any regular teacher in this country: test prep. I …

## The Message

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Part 2 of The Hip-Hop in the Classroom Series: The mainstream rap of today continues to perpetuate the same themes of sex, drugs, and violence …

## Penny Harvest Math

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Ah, I’m taking a breather from politics. Not that I don’t like duking it out with different individuals on my beliefs, but because I like …

## The Common Factor

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“The mediocre teachers tell. The good teachers explain. The superior teachers demonstrate. The great teachers inspire.” – my good friend Indira, who quoted someone else, …

## Crazy Eights

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Borrowed from J. Dakar: The Rules: 1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts. 2. Players start with eight random …

## The Divisibility Theorem

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*** I thought maybe some of my readers wouldn’t know some of this number theory I’m presenting here with this poem. Basically, the fundamental theorem …