All Work, No Recess

At the moment, if I told any five or six-year-old with whom I am acquainted that they could have extra playtime I have no doubt that they would get themselves to the nearest XBOX and “play” until their corneas morphed into right angles. So I have never examined “play” too closely as an activity and […]

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Parents vs. Math

Parents vs. Math: Volume 1 – Don’t Let Your Kid Stink at Math Delia comes home from school with a backpack full of homework to tackle. She takes out her writing assignment and completes it furiously. She loves to write. She puts it neatly in her binder then grabs her social studies assignment, studying for […]

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Do Students Need Algebra?

It’s no secret that algebra is the bane of many students’ lives. Failure rates for high schoolers across US states reach as high as 82%, and even among students who elect to take the subject, failure rates of 50% are common. Algebra – along with other advanced math subjects – is frequently listed as one of […]

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Implementation Rules Supreme

It is mid-August.  The smell of freshly waxed floors and newly painted lockers flows throughout the halls of the school.  Your school is ready for teachers and students to arrive. New technology and curriculum purchases have been made, and this year will be the one that everyone embraces.  Teachers will cheer as they enter and […]

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Math As A Second Language

In the US almost 10% of students in the public school system speak English as a learner (ELL).  Although the language of math is theoretically universal, their ability to learn may be twice as challenging thanks to the linguistic barrier. “The challenge of teaching math to ELL students lies not only in making math lessons […]