Category Archives: school

I have fewer desks than students. On purpose.

There is a growing number of shared public spaces that are popping up all over the world.   Cars, bikes, motorcycles, and pedestrians are forced to govern their own behavior. They have to make eye contact and acknowledge each other’s … Continue reading

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I have a senior in my fifth period algebra 2 class

I have a senior in my fifth period algebra 2 class who, after failing 3 of the 4 marking periods, has lost all hope in earning credit for the class or passing the Regents exam. Neither is going to affect … Continue reading

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Why isn’t there more public-private collaboration?

Definitively, I can’t say much about the success of my problem-based learning this year. Mainly because I’m still trying to figure out what the heck I’m doing. Because of my ineptitude with the PBL structure I’ve adopted, naturally, I am … 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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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

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