Category Archives: Education

Giving Tuesday: three suggestions

In the spirit of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is designated Giving Tuesday–a day set aside for supporting non-profits that are doing important work in the community. Here are three non-profits that particularly … Continue reading

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(Positive) Actions Have Consequences (Too!)

When working in a high-needs school (or, I’d guess, any school, for that matter), educators are trained to help students connect actions to consequences: “Well, you chose to make that rude comment in the middle of class to your classmate, … Continue reading

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ExploringTheMathTwitterBlogosphere

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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State class-size requirements: unintended consequences

There is a voter-approved constitutional amendment in Florida that limits the number of students in (core) classes. Districts are fined for each class that is over the limit. For middle school, the limit is 22 students per class. On the … Continue reading

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Scholars and “outreach”

This summer, the American Mathematical Society released an article arguing for mathematicians to focus only on academics and research while in graduate school and post-doc programs.  Essentially, the idea is that outreach (defined in the article as increasing representation of … Continue reading

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Looking like you are helping vs. actually helping

I recently finished reading Nickel and Dimed, which describes author Barbara Ehrenreich’s experience spending a year (trying to) live on income only earned through minimum wage jobs. For part of the year, she worked for a housecleaning service. During her … Continue reading

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A JetBlue ticket agent and City Year

The Setup City Year is a national non-profit which places young adults for one year each in high needs schools to keep kids on track to graduate. City Year corps members do tutoring and mentoring and lots of other work … Continue reading

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