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While creating math lessons for middle school, I’ve been reminded of a game I used to play when I was in eighth grade. My math teacher, Mr. W, would start by giving us a target number (such as 27), and …

Creating My Dream Lessons…Digitally. Read More »

Just two years ago, I was an algebra teacher in Maryland. At the time, new math education software was being heavily featured at conferences and in the news, and I was wondering, “How exactly is this technology going to enhance …

NCSM Hot Topics: Improving Classroom and Tech Partnerships & Selecting Digital Curricula Read More »

 “When am I ever going to use this?” For many math teachers, this is one of the most annoying questions a student can ask, and at the same time, the most significant. Sometimes it’s even supported by parents, or another …

What’s the million dollar math question no teacher wants to hear? Read More »

Let’s say I’m writing the syllabus for my new math class, at the Algebra level or higher. What’s the best strategy for deciding if, how, or when students should use a calculator in class and for homework? I’ve seen class …

Allow calculators in math class? Four questions to ask. Read More »

An important part of the Common Core State Standards is helping students to be deeper math thinkers. By promoting the Standards for Mathematical Practice and recommending deeper exploration, educators are advised to spend less time on drilling skills and procedures. …

Promoting Deep Thought in the Classroom Read More »