Monthly Archives: January 2011

Dashboard Delusions – The ED’s Ineffective Measure of Effectiveness

Following President Obama’s recent declaration that by the year 2020 the U.S. will have the largest proportion of college graduates in the world, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) launched a website called the United States Education Dashboard. From the United … Continue reading

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Flipping Fractions

Yesterday, and today, I taught negative exponents to my Algebra 1 class.  Students started out with a “discovery” activity where they filled out two tables, one for  and another for , for n = 5 to -5 where they eventually figured … Continue reading

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Let ALL Math Students Use Calculators!!

David Wees, a mathematics edublogger, posted the following earlier this week.  My comments to it follow below.  In my opinion, math teachers must help student’s learn math, not erect barriers by insisting on manual manipulations when a calculator is more effective, and … Continue reading

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