Category Archives: Math education


There is an online initiative for math educators to connect more closely online and share ideas and successes and failures: ExploringTheMathTwitterBlogosphere. I am no longer in the classroom as a math teacher, but I’ll participate anyway! I currently work for … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Effects of repeating content in future courses

I continue to be impressed with Coursera, a provider of free online courses from an ever expanding number of big-name universities. I am lightly participating in several courses (and I am signed up for dozens more over the next several … Continue reading

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Is Algebra Necessary?

Andrew Hacker recently had an op-ed in the New York Times entitled Is Algebra Necessary?    His answer is “no” based on an argument that algebra is hard and that people who do poorly in algebra tend to drop out and … Continue reading

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