Category Archives: pedagogy

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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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

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Checkpoints and homework, circa 2016

Here’s my current structure for exams checkpoints and homework. Everything is a work in progress. Checkpoints First off, terminology. Formally known as exams, I now call these summative assessments ‘checkpoints’ to further establish a low-stakes classroom culture. It feels much … Continue reading

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My hope for group work…and introverts

Lately I’ve been thinking about group work. This past spring, I reached a point in a lesson where I wanted students to work together on a few tasks. Prior knowledge was there. Things were accessible. Heterogeneous groups abound. All the … Continue reading

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