My teaching essays comprise the biggest chunk of writing on the site. Some of the essays are above, in the Cognitive Ability section, but most of it is here.

**Teacher Compensation, Credentialing, Training**

The Shibboleths of Tenure Haters

What Can We Blame Teacher Unions For?

In Which Ed Explains Induction

Teaching Oddness #2: Work More, Get Paid More

Teaching Oddness #3: What Happens When We’re Absent

Math Isn’t Aspirin. Neither is Teaching

Ed Schools, Prescriptive Training, and Academic Freedom

The difference between tech hiring and teacher hiring

**Teaching Philosophy/Observations**

The Myth of the Teacher Leader, Redux

Group Work vs. Working in Groups

On the Spring Valley High Incident

**Teaching and Intellectual Property:**

Curriculum Development: Not Work for Hire

Teaching and Intellectual Property

**Teaching and Students in Action**

Great Moments in Teaching, or Browbeating Psychoanalysis

Great Moments in Teaching, The Third Dimension

Great Moments in Teaching, the Third Dimension Part II

In Teaching, Even Caitlin Flanagan Has Her Uses

Tales from Zombieland, Calculus Edition, Part I

Tales from Zombieland, Calculus Edition, Part II

**Teaching Math**

I couldn’t figure out how to order these, so I tried to do it in curriculum order.

*Algebra*

Functions vs. Equations: F(x) is y and more

Modeling Linear Equations—this is part 3, but is the most coherent, with links to parts I and II.

Binomial Multiplication and Factoring Trinomials with The Rectangle

Polynomial Operations as Glue: Second Year Algebra

The Negative 16 Problems and Educational Romanticism

Teaching Algebra, or Banging Your Head With a Whiteboard

Modeling Exponential Growth/Decay Interspersed with a Reform Rant

*Geometry*

Mapping Real Life with Coordinate Geometry

Kicking Off Triangles: What Method is This?

Teaching Congruence, or Are You Happy, Professor Wu?

The Virtue of Last Minute Planning–Geometry

Isometries and Coordinate Geometry

*Other Math*

Modeling Probability

Assessing “Upper Level” Math Students on Algebra I

**How I Teach Math**

You can get a lot of that from the above essays, but these are more general philosophy and approach. The first two are essential reading to get what I’m about, but all of them give a consistent picture, I think.

The huge irony, the big oddness about me, the HBD teacher: my classes look very much like a successful application of progressive education ideas. Go figure.

What I Learned: Years 4-7

How I Teach

The Release and “Dumbing it Down”

The Test That Made Them Go Hmmmm

**Assessing Students**

Assessments with Multiple Answers

Designing Multiple Answer Math Tests

Assessing Math Understanding: Max, Homer, and Wesley

Below here is much older stuff. Interesting and still relevant, but probably changed methods since then.

Algebra Student Distribution–An Example

My math classes: are they prepared? Um. No. So what?

Midterms and Ability Indicators

Algebra 1 Growth in Geometry and Algebra II

Spring 2013: These students aren’t really prepared, either.

Algebra 1 Growth in Geometry and Algebra II, Spring 2013

Why Merit Pay and Value Added Assessment Won’t Work, Part I–the title’s kind of a joke. But the data is serious.

**Teaching History and Literature**

I loved teaching literature so much I did on the side for years, only recently giving it up to get weekends back. And I’m lucky enough to get to teach US History once in a while.

Understanding the 2016 Election, High School Edition

Teaching History in the Trump Era

Teaching Elections and the Electoral College

Teaching Humanities, History of Elizabethan Theater (II)

Teaching Humanities, Twelfth Night

Teaching Humanities, History of Elizabethan Theater (I)

Various:

On to part IV: Miscellany, Movies, and Me

Earlier sections:

Part I: Things Voldemortean

Part II: The Players

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