Author Archives: Zachary_Goldman

Adults can calculate with fractions

Diane Ravitch’s blog recently posted a piece by a math teacher named Stephanie Sawyer who complains about the new Common Core math standards. I certainly have my own concerns about the Common Core (probably a topic for a separate post), … Continue reading

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The economics of a gun buyback counter-protest

Gun buyback (and competing gun auction) http://www.seattlepi.com/news/texas/article/Church-and-gun-enthusiasts-compete-for-weapons-4209609.php Apparently, a church in Seattle organized a gun buy-back where they offered $50+ for people to turn in their guns. A pro-gun advocate staged a counter-initiative across the street. Apparently, he organized an … Continue reading

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Teacher effects on cognitive and non-cognitive skills

There is a very interesting new paper out from C. Kirabo Jackson of Northwestern University: Non-Cognitive Ability, Test Scores, and Teacher Quality: Evidence from 9th Grade Teachers in North Carolina. He looked at LOTS of data and isolated two factors–which … Continue reading

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Annual Report

Overall, 2012 was a pretty good year! Here are some of the noteworthy things to report… Professional: I got a new job! City Year! I’m getting paid substantially less, but I am WAY less stressed out and I am actually … Continue reading

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A bad (article about a) study on success in math class

Scientific American just published this article (apparently syndicated by a company called LiveScience) which includes some questionable conclusions drawn from a questionable study about math success in school. The original study seems to be behind a paywall, so I haven’t … Continue reading

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What can we infer about City Year and TFA based on their different ad strategies?

During my recent journey home for winter break, I encountered advertisements for both City Year and Teach For America. I currently work with City Year and I had worked with TFA last year. On the public bus from my apartment … Continue reading

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Healing

On Friday, when asked about the policy ramifications of that day’s elementary school shootings in Connecticut, White House spokesperson Jay Carney mentioned there would be “a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates, but I do not think … Continue reading

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A glaring example of misplaced priorities….

For two days next week, a teacher I work with has been assigned to proctor a test in the media center, so a sub has been scheduled to be in her classroom. The state of Florida seems to think it … Continue reading

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City Year (internally) published an essay of mine!

City Year’s national office has published an essay of mine! It is posted on CYconnect, City Year’s internal communication system. Unfortunately, it does not seem to be accessible by non-City Year people. If you do have a CYconnect login, the … Continue reading

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Just mimic the example in the book! That’s learning…right?

This is a picture of a page of the alegbra 1 textbook my school uses. The students are learning about linear equations. The book provides lots of worked out sample problems. What is frustrating about this book is that it … Continue reading

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