Category Archives: school

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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