Category Archives: Education Policy

Teachers—Walk a Mile in their Classroom

I was lucky enough this past week to visit some classrooms and see teachers using Sketchpad in various ways. It’s been seven years since I was in the classroom myself, so for me it was like coming home. It brought … Continue reading

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The Flipped Classroom

Today I get to introduce you to our next guest blogger, Andy Martinson, which seems appropriate given that we not only share the same initials, but significant chunks of both our first and last names! In any case, Andy is … Continue reading

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All you need is love …

I’m reading David McCullough’s most recent book, The Greater Journey.  In it, he describes the lives of Americans who traveled to Paris between 1830 and 1900.  The reasons Americans left their homes for the French capital were varied; but, among … Continue reading

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“If you can do math, you can do anything.”

I joined Key Curriculum Press in the summer of 1996 as a member of the Sales and Marketing team. I had just moved to the US a few months earlier from Athens, Greece, via Scotland (that’s a whole other story). … Continue reading

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Can’t we all just get along? Or, at least talk?

In one of my earliest blog entries I tried to make the case that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) could open up a dialogue among teachers that rarely occurs today. The analogy I used was how the Advanced Placement … Continue reading

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A Summer Reading List for Teachers

All of my children just finished school and, with the exception of my 4 year-old, came home with their summer reading list.  With that in mind, I thought I would offer a few suggestions for my colleagues based on my … Continue reading

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Math for ELL – The patriotic thing to do

A couple weeks ago I was listening to a radio interview with Joseph Nye, former dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and author of The Future of Power, when he recalled a conversation with a Singapore government official.  The … Continue reading

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Statistics For All

In my daily search for math news, I found this great clip from TED from 2009 by Arthur Benjamin. The overall message from Professor Benjamin is that calculus shouldn’t be the pinnacle of high school math courses that we push all … Continue reading

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Where the smart people are

I was reading a Washington Post op-ed article written by George Will when I was struck by a quote from an executive at Intel, “We go where the smart people are,” says Howard High of Intel Corp. “Now our business … Continue reading

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Those who can, teach. Those who can’t, make education policy.

2010 was a tough year. It was for me, and for many people throughout the country. But when I talk to my teacher friends, I realize how lucky I am to be out of the classroom. I’m not alone. More … Continue reading

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