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What if All Students Were Proficient in Mathematics?
Posted on Nov 1, 2018
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Algebra
  • Math
What if All Students Were Proficient in Mathematics?

There is a common tendency today to link higher math standards for our students with the kind of achievement we see in other countries. A complementary thread is to link high standards in math to the broad trends in our ever-changing, information economy. By implication, we need to ensure all students are proficient in this discipline.

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Improving Math Instruction: Making the Complex Understandable for Teachers and Students
Posted on May 3, 2018
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Math
  • Professional Development
Improving Math Instruction: Making the Complex Understandable for Teachers and Students

The need has never been greater for well-designed mathematics instruction that promotes confidence in teachers and guides students to success.

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Where Are the Math Teachers? Part 2
Posted on Nov 30, 2017
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Math
  • Professional Development
  • Special Education
  • STEM
Where Are the Math Teachers? Part 2

There are many commonly proposed solutions to the shortage of qualified teachers for secondary students who are struggling in math or have learning disabilities. These solutions are expensive, complex, and they will take considerable time to implement. Many of them have been with us for years and have yet to be seriously implemented. So, what can be done in the short term?

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Where Are the Math Teachers?
Posted on Nov 16, 2017
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Math
  • Professional Development
  • Special Education
  • STEM
Where Are the Math Teachers?

At the heart of today’s challenge is finding a sufficient number of new teachers who have three distinct qualifications: 1) a sufficient content knowledge of mathematics, 2) a reasonable level of teaching or “pedagogical” knowledge of the subject, and 3) a capacity to differentiate instruction for struggling students. Finding all of these qualifications in one individual is rare, and the data confirm this.

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Teachers, Textbooks, and Big Ideas in Math
Posted on Jun 7, 2017
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Math
  • NCTM Standards
  • Professional Development
Teachers, Textbooks, and Big Ideas in Math

American educators have a well-honed way of thinking about curriculum. Typically, district committees compare and then adopt a curriculum to meet specific goals or guidelines. More recently, curriculum adoption in math has been driven by state or national standards.

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Site-Based Math Professional Development: Where to Begin?
Posted on May 24, 2017
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Assessment
  • Math
  • NCTM Standards
  • Professional Development
  • State Standards
Site-Based Math Professional Development: Where to Begin?

Is there a more efficient way to begin PD or coaching, one where the teachers’ needs are more common than they are divergent? Can this be done in a way that is nonthreatening, at least in comparison to in-class coaching with feedback?

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