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RIP Jaime Escalante, Famed Math Teacher

March 30, 2010 Jose
RIP Jaime Escalante

It is with regret that I report about Jaime Escalante’s passing today. He was 79. He lived his life inspiring all types of people within the education system, but with little money left to treat his terminal bladder cancer. I am amongst that number of people who he inspired through the seminal work about his […]

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

January 11, 2010 Jose
Tin Foil Rex

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 in the last couple of years knows that I’m all for finding efficient ways of remembering how one works through different elements of math. I’m also for remembering processes so […]

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The Doldrums

November 23, 2009 Jose
Lost At Sea

She sits there, black marker in her left hand, pencil in her right, switching from one to the other like a pendulum, clocked to the rhythm of her observant teacher’s sustained looks in her general direction. Days after an extended conversation with her teacher about the merits of putting in her effort, weeks after a […]

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G-d Takes Care of All [The Letters Series]

November 17, 2009 Jose
Man's Heart

This week, I’m writing a few more letters to different people, whose names shall be removed from the post, but who nonetheless are amalgamations of real characters. I won’t be mincing words this week, and in these letters, I hope to address some issues I find in education as a whole through these letters. If […]

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Si, Vale La Pena (Yes, It’s Worth The While)

October 6, 2009 Jose
Retirement Pencil

Last week, at least officially, a great man and teacher retired from the NYC public school systems. I think about him, and the others who’ve retired from my school (at least the ones who we’ve celebrated), and even the one who died early last academic year, a year removed from retirement, too. They leave a […]

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The Material That Makes You

October 4, 2009 Jose
Soldier Gives Child Materials

Here’s my best attempt at putting a positive spin on a topic that’s probably irked anyone who’s had to help facilitate the growth of fellow colleagues or teachers who see the odds and punch a hole through that proverbial glass ceiling. While I’m trying to figure out the nuances of being the math coach of […]

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