Author Archives: Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

About Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

Secondary math teacher teaching math intervention, algebra 1, honors precalculus, and AP Calculus AB. I spent 25 years in high tech in engineering, marketing, sales and business development roles in the satellite communications, GPS, semiconductor, and wireless industries. I am awed by the potential in our nation's youth and I hope to instill in them the passion to improve our world at local, state, national, and global levels.

Showing Work in High School Mathematics

After four plus years teaching upper level high school mathematics, it is clear to me that students do not understand what it means to show one’s work in mathematics.  In spite of creating close to two hundred completely worked examples … Continue reading

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“Good” and “Successful” Teaching: Where Does the Student Enter the Picture?

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
The singular and important role of the classroom teacher in getting students to learn is well established in the research literature (see here and here). I have no quarrel…

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US DOE Promises Funding Cuts To States Who Miss Participation Rates Two Years In A Row, Contact President Obama Now!

Originally posted on Reflections of a Second-career Math Teacher:
Anyone with children in public schools in the US should read the letter from the US DOE at this blog. It is accountability run amok, and borderline fascism. Bureaucrats just love…

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