Category Archives: Professional Development

Using Technology Training to Explore Meaningful Mathematics

Today is the first day of the pilot of our newest online course, “Teaching Advanced High School Math with Sketchpad.” This is the eighth online course we’ve developed at Key Curriculum, and like all of our courses, the primary focus … Continue reading

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The Standards Are Not The Curriculum

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We were so impressed by Jamila Riser’s talk at NCSM a couple of years ago that we asked her to present an Ignite! for us this year. Now, we’ve asked her to guest blog so we can share even more … Continue reading

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Sketchpad Activities, Cognitive Demand, and Differentiation

Not long ago, I conducted a Saturday morning PD session for some Texas teachers participating in an NSF research project. (The research is a controlled study of the relationship between students’ use of Sketchpad and their conjecturing and proving behavior. … Continue reading

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A Bittersweet Milestone

I’m about to reach a milestone, and I have mixed feelings about it. I started teaching in 1994, and I taught for nine memorable years. In 2003, I realized that I need time away from the classroom, and I took … Continue reading

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Turning Problems into Professional Development

I had the pleasure of meeting Jamila Riser a few years ago at NCSM and seeing her presentation about P-Cubed: Powerful Pedagogical Practices. P-Cubed was a program implemented jointly by the Delaware Mathematics Coalition and the University of Delaware (and … Continue reading

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Some Suggestions for Math Technology Professional Development

I have been really focused on math technology professional development lately, which makes sense of course, since that’s what I do for a living. But after last week’s NCSM and NCTM conferences (see Karen Coe’s recent post), where professional development … Continue reading

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Preparing Cooperative Teachers in a Competitive World

I am troubled. Today is the first day of teaching my spring semester course, “Advanced Methods in Secondary Mathematics,” for my preservice master’s students. The mission of the Teacher Education Program at Penn is to prepare “reflective, collaborative, visionary teacher-leaders” … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolution—more PD!

Last year my colleagues and I traveled around the country attending conferences and workshops for mathematics educators. We also “met” thousands of teachers online when they participated in our online courses and webinars. We gave talks, hosted Ignite! events, delivered … Continue reading

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Spreading the education love…

Jim spoke in his previous post “All You Need Is Love” about enriching student learning experiences. According to Jim: “Standards and curriculum define “the space between a student and a teacher” but they do not enrich this space.  This space … Continue reading

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Is it Time to Means Test Education?

As we watch the debt-ceiling negotiations among our political leaders, one thing is increasingly clear, the limited resources available for public education will remain tightly constrained for years to come. Both sides are suggesting substantial cuts to the federal education … Continue reading

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