Encyclopedia of Ed, Part III: Teaching

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.

Teaching Philosophy/Observations

Handling Teacher Perks

Handling Teacher Preps

Group Work vs. Working in Groups

Troubling Students

Teaching is Unknowable

Teaching: The Movie

The Myth of the Teacher Leader, Redux

On the Spring Valley High Incident

The Day of Three Miracles

Teaching Math

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


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

Modeling Linear Inequalities

Binomial Multiplication and Factoring Trinomials with The Rectangle

Teaching Polynomials

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

Illustrating Functions

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


Teaching Geometry

Geometry: Starting Off

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

Teaching Trig

Other Math
Modeling Probability

Assessing “Upper Level” Math Students on Algebra I

Pre-Calc Preparation

Tales from Zombieland, Calculus Edition, Part I

Tales from Zombieland, Calculus Edition, Part II

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: Year 1

What I learned: Year 2

How I Teach

Teaching Algebra I


Who I Am as a Teacher

The Release and “Dumbing it Down”


Learning from Mr. Singh

Opening Day as Opening Night

Math Instruction Philosophies

Teaching Math a Third Way


I Don’t Do Homework

Math Isn’t Aspirin. Neither is Teaching

What I learned: Year 3

Teaching: My Retrospective

The Test That Made Them Go Hmmmm

Jake’s Guest Lecture

Assessing Students


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

A new year begins—midyear

Meanwhile….midterms again

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.


Multiple Answer Math Tests

Assessments with Multiple Answers


Designing Multiple Answer Math Tests

Assessing Math Understanding: Max, Homer, and Wesley

Teaching History and Literature

I love teaching literature so much I do it on the side, and not for the money. History, too—every year I teach an AP US History survey course that’s loads of fun.

Teaching Humanities, History of Elizabethan Theater (II)

Teaching Humanities, Part I

Teaching Humanities, Twelfth Night

Teaching Humanities, History of Elizabethan Theater (I)

The End of Pi

An Asian Revelation

In Teaching, Even Caitlin Flanagan Has Her Uses

Building Narratives

Various Teacher issues

On getting hired, and the biases against older teachers:

Older Teachers

The difference between tech hiring and teacher hiring

The school year begins

Intellectual Property:

Teaching and Intellectual Property

Developing Curriculum



What paperwork?

Getting Engagement

On to part IV: Miscellany, Movies, and Me

Earlier sections:
Part I: Things Voldemortean
Part II: The Players

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