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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 me know in the comments. Today, I’m differentiating between the old way I used to prepare the students for a lesson on exponents and the way I do it now. Old Way 1. Ask “What’s …

Jose VilsonTeaching Exponents In Eighth Grade, Part 1: [Old To The Now]
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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 few decibels. Frankly, I didn’t care much for your rhetorical question, but you had to write it in the New York Times, adding a semblance of legitimacy (if not outrage) to your argument against teaching …

Jose VilsonGreat. Another Non-Math Person Complaining About Algebra.
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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). Now, we’re even limiting math teachers to the fields in which they can excel. They stereotype (!) math teachers as having hobbies like playing piano (fractions!) and read xkcd (might be true), but God forbid …

Jose VilsonStay In Your Lane [A Math Teacher's Lament]

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 argument since … well, that’s what I do here. The two sides to the argument go as follows: 1) Students should use calculators because the machine can already do it for them. 2) Students shouldn’t …

Jose VilsonBeware The Calculator

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

Jose 3 Comments

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 my nose or the positivity I’ve surrounded myself with, but I’ve been thinking lots about this idea of love. Thus, I was prompted to put out this thought a couple of days ago: Love is …

Jose VilsonLove Is The Base, Not The Exponent (A Theorem Semi-Proven)
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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 our most disadvantaged students: encourage them while they do it. Combined with the latest article from The New York Times regarding Jump Math, this piece almost made me smack the screen. These articles are fortunate …

Jose VilsonFinding A Needle in A Stack of Needles: A Solution to the Racial Achievement Gap
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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 of employ, I’ve been very involved in understanding how these mandated national standards will transform our way of teaching students, and how we need to get parents and students involved in the education ecology. By …

Jose VilsonCreativity Is Almost Dead … and Non-Educators Want To Kill It

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 of whom I only get to see once a year at these events. This time felt different in a good way; most of their discussion was around my blog and how they’d occasionally read my …

Jose VilsonThe Idea of Race As A Number Line

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 you think. I’m using it as  guide for the lesson plans I’m creating day-to-day, hoping the other teachers help me create the next unit using this template. Won’t you join me? Unit Plan on Percents

Jose VilsonUnit Plan on Percents
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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 I just shake my head at. This time around, it was the third. And I didn’t even have my usual sources of news to inform me immediately of Sunday’s NY Daily News, when they decided …

Jose VilsonRest Elbows on Table, Insert Chin Into Hands (Pick Your Head Up Afterwards)