After a lengthy hiatus from posting to this blog, I’ve decided to break out my pencil sharpener and eraser to pen some prose, if that’s even possible using an iPencil…
It’s been an amazingly challenging few years since I posted regularly. However, due to the good fortune of recent events, I have time now to describe many of my experiences, up and down, from that time period primarily through the lens of a second-career, math teacher.
The essence of most of my posts, past and future, is captured nicely in the title of the article: Why are Americans so bad at math? from which the following quote is taken.
“Without much of a surprise, it turned out that the memorizers were the least likely to achieve high scores and understanding. The United States ranked in the top three for this learning method. A more in-depth look showed that memorizers were about a half year behind students who used either relational or self-monitoring strategies.”
Be sure to read the short article for sufficient context to understand the quote more fully.
While I had planned to include a link to Aerosmith’s version of Back in the Saddle, its lyrics, which I must admit I never knew*, are highly inappropriate for any educational setting. So, here’s Gene Autry from the movie Back in the Saddle.
* …along with most broadcast or recorded songs of which I’ve listened to and enjoyed in my life, for that matter…hence, why you should never listen to me while I’m singing along with any song!