Author Archives: brian

I didn’t jump off the deep end and my students are better because of it

I’m not proud that I don’t know how to swim. Certainly, its a life skill, like riding a bike, that everyone should be able to do. But I don’t. So about two years ago, I took swimming lessons at my … Continue reading

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My midyear report card

So my midyear report card results are in. As always, they’re a mixed bag. Here are a few comments directly from the kiddos. First, the good: I like the amount of time we have to explore math in the class. … Continue reading

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Factoring trinomials by first rewriting them

So back in December, I gave this problem to my students: To my surprise, it got a lot of traction with the kiddos. We spent the entire period talking about it. The idea was for them to see how rewriting a … Continue reading

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My year in math – 2017

Dan Meyer and a host others inspired me to represent my year in math. Being at a new school and overhauling my teaching had everything to do with my anxiety-filled 2017. New teachers, if you didn’t already have my empathy, … Continue reading

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My first (and second) memory of learning math

Some time ago Wendy Menard got me thinking about my first memory of learning mathematics. What was it? Its two things, actually. Both happened in fifth-grade. My teacher was a redheaded man with a great beard, Mr. O’Discoll (a.k.a Mr. O). … Continue reading

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