I See What You Mean

Think of English class and what comes to mind? Probably topics related to literature, poetry, and writing. Probably not graphs. Those are relegated to math and science classes. But why? Students encounter graphic information, or infographics, in nonfiction texts across disciplines, in textbooks, professional articles, newspapers, magazines, and online. Most state standards and Common Core […]


STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Across the K-12 spectrum, schools have been turning their focus towards the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math realms. U.S. students continue to lag in these fields when compared to other leading nations (read the recent New York Times article that discusses this national concern). Commonly referred to as the STEM fields, students at all levels […]

SAT Math Preparation – For Free!

Ask any high school sophomore or junior what one of the most stress-inducing events in the academic arena and most will reply with one acronym: SAT. Without getting in to the debate of whether standardized testing truly evaluates any student’s potential to be successful in college and life, let’s look at the standardized evaluation tool […]


Green Math

Massive drought. Hurricanes hundreds of miles inland. Drowned polar bears. It does not take a scientist to notice that our environment needs rescuing, but it does take a teacher to empower kids to provide that help. We will look at how to introduce two big environmental topics – water conservation and energy use – in […]

Mathematical Modeling

The math curriculum is set in place and schedules are clicking along like a train heading full-steam ahead. Each day a new concept; a lesson, a set of exercises, a quiz or possible test and then the cycle continues. It is indeed very important that all of the mathematical standards are met and topics are […]

Motivating Measurement in Middle Grades

Measurement and geometry topics in Middle School math tend to be isolated three or four week sets of lessons, a string of homework assignments, and then a test, and that’s it. On to the next topic and typically it has nothing to do with measurement or geometry. While students get a general overview and a […]

Cooking Up Some Math

Ask adults where they use math in everyday life and you will receive responses such as shopping, balancing the checkbook, and cooking. Cooking is surely the most accessible for elementary students, and it is a lot of fun besides. Students practice the math needed for cooking, by following the recipes and instructions on a variety […]

Benjamin Banneker, Mathematician

He built the first clock made in the United States, and he built it from memory, using parts he carved by hand. It kept perfect time for 50 years. He planned the entire city of Washington, D.C. in two days. His publications were mailed around the world by presidents and kings. Well, actually, probably not. […]

Games of Mathematical Reasoning

Mathematical reasoning is an implicit thread throughout the Common Core Standards for mathematics. Indeed, the document even makes this explicit on page six, saying that the practices described in the Standards “rest on important ‘processes and procedures’ with longstanding importance in mathematics education. The first of these are the NCTM process standards of problem solving, […]

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