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Engaging tasks for students that I’ve never met
Anyone who teaches in New York City Public Schools knows that from time to time you get asked to cover a class when a teacher is absent. Personally, despite the hectic nature that is a school day, I typically enjoy … Continue reading
On my journey and the mathematicians beyond white dudes initiative
At the end of last school year, I did a lot of soulsearching. In the midst of finalizing where I was going to teach beginning this year, I found myself reevaluating many of the core values that I held as a teacher. … Continue reading
Posted in book, mathematics, philosophy, reflection
Tagged equity, mathematicians beyond white dudes, race, representation
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The need for estimation and the estimation wall
For the last few months, I’ve really been buying into the power of estimation. It has changed how I teach in a dramatic way. Let me set the stage. In December, I gave my students this problem on a checkpoint: … Continue reading
Developing rational exponents through geometric sequences
Soon I’ll be teaching rational exponents in algebra 2. I’ve never found an intuitive way of teaching it…until now. Thanks Bowen. The approach leverages geometric sequences. I’d love to regurgitate it, but this tweet from Bowen is my source and sums it up: .@mpershan … Continue reading
Posted in mathematics, pedagogy, strategy
Tagged exponents, geometric sequence, logarithm, radicals, rational exponents
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