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Growing pains
Today a student in my class was brought to tears. She cried because of my teaching. Specifically, the problembased, discussionbased learning that I’ve adopted has been troubling her. She said that she was lost and hasn’t learned anything so far … Continue reading
My experience at Phillips Exeter Academy
To build upon my experiences this summer at the Exeter Mathematics Institute and to improve the newfound problembased classroom, yesterday I paid a visit to the renowned Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. I observed six mathematics classrooms, had a … Continue reading
Posted in mathematics, reflection, school
Tagged exeter, exeter math, new hampshire, phillips exeter
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Updates on my problembased experiment in algebra 2
As a means of tracking the progress I make in my newfound problemcentered classroom, I’m posting some recent developments and thoughts. These notes are incredibly informal and far from polished. I’ve settled on assigning 56 problems for homework. When they … Continue reading
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Tagged harkness, harkness method, problem, problem based learning
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I threw all of my units out the window.
So I’m noticing a trend. it seems like every few years I have an epiphany that causes me to blow up my teaching and rethink what I’m doing in a major way. Case in point, six years ago I flipped my classroom and … Continue reading
Posted in mathematics, philosophy, reflection, strategy
Tagged harkness, harkness method, PBL, problem based learning
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On the intersection of being White and being a math teacher
Two of the books that I read this summer, Why are the All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum and Blindspot by Mahzarin R. Banaj and Anthony G. Greenwald, utterly blew my mind. So while the summer … Continue reading