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.
Handling Teacher Perks
Handling Teacher Preps
Group Work vs. Working in Groups
Teaching is Unknowable
Teaching: The Movie
The Myth of the Teacher Leader, Redux
On the Spring Valley High Incident
The Day of Three Miracles
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
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
Functions vs. Equations: F(x) is y and more
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
Assessing “Upper Level” Math Students on Algebra I
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
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
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
Various Teacher issues
On getting hired, and the biases against older teachers:
The difference between tech hiring and teacher hiring
The school year begins
Teaching and Intellectual Property
On to part IV: Miscellany, Movies, and Me
Part I: Things Voldemortean
Part II: The Players