It’s midterm season here at Mizzou (and nationally in terms of politics). Reaching the midpoint of the semester is a natural time to ask, how am I doing? Whether things are going well or not so well, you should really reach out to students to get some feedback while there is still time to turn … Continue reading 180 Ideas: #10 Midterm Feedback
I know this is a math ed blog, but we need to talk about writing. Humans communicate through language. Language involves receptive processes (listening and reading) and productive processes (speaking and writing). We math teachers tend to focus on speaking to communicate thinking over writing. I’m not talking about communicating answers, I’m talking about communicating … Continue reading 180 Ideas #9: Writing Expectations
We shouldn’t just measure content knowledge, we also need to know about our students affection for (or lack thereof) mathematics. Continue reading 180 Ideas #8: Measuring Affection
An idea for what to do when a good lesson goes bad Continue reading 180 Ideas: #5 Stop, Collaborate, and Listen
As a teacher, sometimes I was pretty good at showing students lots of different ways to solve a problem. I often wasn’t so good at asking them to make sense of when to use these strategies, hence Idea #4: Choose your own strategy. Once students have developed some understanding of different ways to approach a … Continue reading 180 Ideas: #4 Choose your own Strategy
Recently, I’ve noticed that we are in the midst of a purposeless, clutter epidemic. It’s hard to trace the start of this epidemic. Perhaps it can be traced back to the rise of Pinterest and easy access to classroom inspiration. In any case, many classrooms are just filled with visual clutter that has little to … Continue reading The Purposeful Classroom
Something I’ve been thinking about is the way we teach students to solve systems of linear equations using substitution. Consider for example the following system of linear equations: y = 3x + 4 and 2y – 3x = 16. Many textbooks would suggest the way forward is to solve one of the equations for a … Continue reading Solve for y and substitute?