Category Archives: reflection

Growing pains

Today a student in my class was brought to tears.  She cried because of my teaching. Specifically, the problem-based, discussion-based learning that I’ve adopted has been troubling her. She said that she was lost and hasn’t learned anything so far … Continue reading

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My experience at Phillips Exeter Academy

To build upon my experiences this summer at the Exeter Mathematics Institute and to improve the newfound problem-based 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

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Updates on my problem-based experiment in algebra 2

As a means of tracking the progress I make in my newfound problem-centered classroom, I’m posting some recent developments and thoughts. These notes are incredibly informal and far from polished. I’ve settled on assigning 5-6 problems for homework. When they … Continue reading

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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

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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

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