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
Myth of the Teacher Leader
Math Isn’t Aspirin. Neither is Teaching
Ed Schools, Prescriptive Training, and Academic Freedom
Handling Teacher Preps
On interviewing and ed school
The difference between tech hiring and teacher hiring
The school year begins
The Myth of the Teacher Leader, Redux
Three VIPs for New Teachers
Handling Teacher Perks
Handling Teacher Preps
Killing My OWn Snakes
Group Work vs. Working in Groups
Teaching is Unknowable
Teaching: The Movie
Learning from Mr. Singh
On the Spring Valley High Incident
The Day of Three Miracles
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
A Clarifying Moment
In Teaching, Even Caitlin Flanagan Has Her Uses
Tales from Zombieland, Calculus Edition, Part I
Tales from Zombieland, Calculus Edition, Part II
Citizens, Not Americans
Jake’s Guest Lecture
I couldn’t figure out how to order these, so I tried to do it in curriculum order.
Functions vs. Equations: F(x) is y and more
Modeling Rational Expressions
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
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
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.
I Don’t Do Homework
What I learned: Year 1
What I learned: Year 2
What I Learned: Year 3
What I Learned: Years 4-7
How I Teach
Teaching: My Retrospective
Who I Am as a Teacher
The Release and “Dumbing it Down”
Teaching Algebra I
Opening Day as Opening Night
Math Instruction Philosophies
Teaching Math a Third Way
The Test That Made Them Go Hmmmm
Multiple Answer Math Tests
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
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.
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.
Statistics of Slaves
Understanding the 2016 Election, High School Edition
Teaching History in the Trump Era
The Things I Teach
Teaching Elections and the Electoral College
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
On to part IV: Miscellany, Movies, and Me
Part I: Things Voldemortean
Part II: The Players