Category Archives: pedagogy

The case for disorder in the classroom

I’m going to go ahead and say it. I think there needs to be more disorder in our classrooms. By disorder, I don’t mean kids throwing chairs and running amok. Instead, I’m thinking about those instances when teachers give students … Continue reading

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#blackbrillance + social justice + problem-based learning

One of my summer reads has been The Brilliance of Black Children in Mathematics by Jacqueline Leonard and Danny B. Martin (inspired by Annie Perkins). I’m almost three-quarters of the way through it. It is rather dense because it’s packed with … Continue reading

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PBL v2

So my yearlong experiment with problem-based learning has concluded. After attending Exeter Math Institute last summer, I decided to overthrow my units and use problems as the foundation of how my kids learned each day. Throughout the course of the … Continue reading

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My experiences at the Exeter Mathematics Institute

For three and half days this week, I had the opportunity to participate in the Exeter Math Institute. It took place at the Spence School, an illustrious independent school on the upper east side. I’ve visited the school on a … Continue reading

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I’ve contracted a SEVERE throat infection. I cannot speak at all.

I recently wore this sign on my neck during class. I placed it around my neck and went about the business of being the teacher in the classroom. At first there was high levels of concern. There were comments like … Continue reading

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