Monthly Archives: September 2011

Critical Thinking With Real Life Math

http://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/2186149267/ Anyone who knows me know that I’m very much about critical thinking in all subject areas.  Many people tell me that it can’t be done in math because critical thinking is all about asking questions that have no real … Continue reading

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Giving Up Control In Your Classroom

(Day 6 and 7) I did something very different this week.  Besides letting my students CHOOSE what LA units of study they wished to complete this year, I let them plan the unit as well. They decided they wanted to … Continue reading

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Pigeon Holing Kids Down to A One Hundredth of a Percent

(Day 5 & 6) We’ve all seen report cards like this I’m sure.  Littered with percentage grades.  This is a report card from 1919.  It makes me wonder how they calculated grades back then, but that’s not my point today. … Continue reading

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Day 4 – Perspectives

Some years you have classes where you throw out a discussion question and then listen to the crickets chirp in response.  Not this year!  I have a group who not only participates but they delve right into the heart of … Continue reading

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Day 3

I don’t want to be a teacher anymore.  I decided that today. As a kid in school I remember growing up thinking that you could only be a teacher if you knew the answers to everything!  Seemed logical to me, … Continue reading

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Day 2

Key learning today….don’t make assumptions! Last year I’d say 80% of my class had some sort of tech device that hooks up to the internet.  But this year, less than 50% of my class does.  When I asked the question, … Continue reading

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Day 1

So here we are again at Ground Zero.  One of the many things I enjoy about teaching is that every year is a fresh start.  Every year is a reboot.  Every year is different. This year my goal is to … Continue reading

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