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**

Group Work vs. Working in Groups

The Myth of the Teacher Leader, Redux

On the Spring Valley High Incident

**Teaching Math**

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

*Algebra*

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

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

*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

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.

2012:

2013:

The Release and “Dumbing it Down”

2014:

2015:

Math Isn’t Aspirin. Neither is Teaching

The Test That Made Them Go Hmmmm

**Assessing Students**

2012:

Algebra Student Distribution–An Example

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

Midterms and Ability Indicators

2013:

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.

2014

Assessments with Multiple Answers

2015:

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, Twelfth Night

Teaching Humanities, History of Elizabethan Theater (I)

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

Intellectual Property:

Teaching and Intellectual Property

Various:

On to part IV: Miscellany, Movies, and Me

Earlier sections:

Part I: Things Voldemortean

Part II: The Players

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