Browsing All posts tagged under »math education«

Landmark insights

May 4, 2018


Yesterday’s email included a link from Landmark School’s outreach about math  It includes this insight: Memory is strengthened by richness and logic of content. A student looking out the classroom window might mutter “dog” while observing a magnificent German short-haired pointer loping through a freshly poured cement sidewalk. Clearly, something is being missed in the translation. It […]

Math ‘integration’

March 28, 2018


I’ve been asked by an adult ed teacher to meet and talk about math, and there have been questions that have come up online. I could write a few books w/ the specific strategies for getting students learning and building math ideas… but what about generalities? Number one would prob’ly be “make visual connections” — […]

Remediation Article N + 1

February 26, 2018

0  Okay, first, it suffers from “looking for the solution.”   What works best? … drum roll… wait for it … It             depends Different students need different things. Nope, they can’t go there.   It talks about acceleration and eliminating remediation not necessarily being a good idea, and then talks about “co-requisite” […]

June 28, 2017


The BEarded Math Man is posting some videos and … oh, Sal Khan’s got nothin’ on him : )   “Binomial reproduction” is one approach to factoring, with the analogy to “who’s the father?”  to figure out “where did this come from?”   If I were an adolescent I’d be luvvin’ it.   (Now, it […]


June 26, 2017


I really do oft reflect happily about our Math courses being taught for understanding, and speculate that I’d find another job if they weren’t. Summer courses… ugh.   Tech math so they’re allowed to use calculators for everything, including algebra problems like z/2 – 2/3 = -1/3z + 1/6 .   No, there’s no context […]

Break over!

June 19, 2017


(When I was a lifeguard at little apartment pools, we called the “adult swims” what they really were — breaks for the kids to get out of the water.   We didn’t call them religiously on the hour — and the kiddos usually figured out that they’d get called if they started getting cranky with […]

Alligators to the contrary

June 9, 2017


I know, I know, students are fond of the alligator always chomping the greater number. Still, I wanted to feature Casey/Gravity 🙂   It behaved rather oddly — the greater than text layer switched to a mirror image of itself… then the dogs switched… I’ve observed with things visual or mechanical that my first attempts […]