## 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 …