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The Problem with Word Problems Might Be the Way They Are Taught
Posted on Mar 22, 2017
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Math
  • Professional Development
  • Struggling Students
The Problem with Word Problems Might Be the Way They Are Taught

Traditional algebra word problems have a bad rap and for good reason. Students are hardly enamored with content of the typical word problem, and its relevance to the real world is questionable at best.

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The Future of Work: Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and What They Mean for Math Education Today
Posted on Mar 1, 2017
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Education Technology
  • Math
  • NCTM Standards
  • Professional Development
  • State Standards
The Future of Work: Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and What They Mean for Math Education Today

Much has been said about the state of American manufacturing in the last year, and a series of recent reports present an intricate picture that takes us beyond some of the confusion and common misconceptions. Except for the understandable decline in manufacturing during the recent recession, manufacturing productivity since 2000 has been surprisingly robust. Ball State University’s report even suggests that growth in manufacturing going forward is steady and on an upward path. With all of the news of outsourcing in areas such as textiles, furniture, and apparel, how can this be?

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How Can We Teach if We Don’t Take Care of Ourselves First?
Posted on Jan 18, 2017
  • Jeffrey Sprague
Tags
  • Classroom Management
  • General Education
  • Positive School Climate
  • Professional Development
How Can We Teach if We Don’t Take Care of Ourselves First?

We hear about the “school to prison pipeline,” and “trauma informed care” at a time when budgets are declining, and perhaps the students we receive at school are more challenging than we remember. Most teachers and administrators I work with agree with this, and yet we are all left wondering, “What are alternatives that work?”

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Making Sense of Close Reading in the Intermediate Grades
Posted on Nov 30, 2016
  • Nancy Boyles
Tags
  • General Education
  • Literacy
  • Professional Development
  • Struggling Readers
Making Sense of Close Reading in the Intermediate Grades

I learned more about close reading and saw that it truly did push teachers and students to a whole new level of rigor. I learned there are a few principles and practices that when applied well will make teaching the process of close reading achievable for teachers and the outcomes of close reading meaningful for students.

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Online Resources for Mastery Learning
Posted on Nov 16, 2016
  • Michelle George
Tags
  • Assessment
  • Education Technology
  • General Education
  • Professional Development
Online Resources for Mastery Learning

The concept of learning mastery is simple and nearly any educator would agree is desirable. The rub comes in the implementation. Mastery learning is hard work. Fortunately, today’s Internet resources provide a plethora of resources to help make the goal more attainable.

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Civil Discourse is Doable
Posted on Oct 12, 2016
  • Michelle George
Tags
  • Classroom Management
  • General Education
  • Positive School Climate
  • Professional Development
Civil Discourse is Doable

If we as educators can’t provide frameworks and processes for students to have intelligent and respectful conversations about the leadership of our country, where are our young people going to learn to be active citizens? In my mind, learning the art and practice of civil discourse is an integral responsibility of public education in the United States.

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