Monthly Archives: April 2012

What about algebra I in eighth grade?

One of my favorite websites is the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) Thoughts on Public Education (TOP-Ed), run by their journalist-in-residence, John Festerwald.    A recent article from John, No more dodging Algebra dilemma, focused on how California’s algebra 1 standards, … Continue reading

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Debunking Trickle Down Economics

The quoted excerpt below comes from an excellent post debunking the claims that trickle down economics is the engine of our economy.  Read the post in its entirety.  My comments to it follow the excerpt. The Gardens of Democracy “Demand … Continue reading

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Trapezoidal Approximation: Linking Graphical and Algebraic Depictions

One of my calculus students has difficulty relating spatial information with algebraic expressions.  To address this challenge, I used the following approach when explaining the trapezoidal rule this afternoon after school.  The entire explanation took about 30 minutes, after which … Continue reading

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