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Life is like a puddle. The decision is to go around...or plow right through.
Life is like a puddle. The decision is to go around...or plow right through.

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How would I react in a catastrophe?
During the past several weeks after yet another school catastrophe, this time in Florida, I have been quietly contemplating as we wait for the reaction that comes.  What doesn't surprise me, that seems to surprise most of the public, is the impressive natur...
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The Truth Behind the Standard Algorithm
For as long as I can remember seeing in pictures, reading in
books, and watching old TV shows, the standard algorithm has been the staple of
mathematics during the elementary years. 
These algorithms are burnt into our brain through images of the old
school...
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What do I feel all new math teachers need to know...
I have the opportunity to talk to prospective Elementary teachers at the University of WI - Stevens Point today.  The talk is focused on problem solving and how it integrates into the classroom.  However, we are going to talk about much more than that.  I a...
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A New Perspective...Can we look at post-Algebra 1 Math Differently?
A question was posed rather carefully on a previous  blog that needs to be addressed.   "R unning the risk of inciting the ire of math teachers across the world, "What qualifies as "post-Geometric" math?" Does it have to be Pre-Calculus and Calculus? Does S...
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Why do we Continue to Teach...Part 2
Well, it took a bit longer to get to part 2 than I had planned. Things like finishing a school year and planning for next year took some precedence. Regardless, if you need a refresher on part 1,  here  it is.  The premise of the problem is "Why do we conti...
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Why do we Continue to Teach...Part 1
Recently, a common question has been repeatedly posed to me, one which makes me uncomfortable on several levels.  The first being that the answer seems so simple that it begs me to wonder why bother asking it. The second being that the answer, although simp...
Why do we Continue to Teach...Part 1
Why do we Continue to Teach...Part 1
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Give Students the Tools needed to Solve Problems...
In my previous blog,  Questions that Spark Student Curiosity , I discussed ways to ask questions that would engage students. France Snyder commented, “What is the best way to evaluate our students? What is the effect on our students’ engagement, retention, ...
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Walter Wick bringing a New Perspective to Math...
On a Sunday afternoon that the family finally had a free moment, my wife took the family to the  Woodson Art Museum  to view the  Walter Wick  exhibition. Walter Wick is the photographic illustrator of the  I SPY  series, and the author/illustrator of the  ...
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Why a Retake doesn't enhance Learning...
Recently, a post on a listserv I am part of was discussing retakes at the secondary level and how different schools have structured them. The thread was well responded to and well thought out. We had responses from giving them in every case no questions ask...
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Most Likely to Succeed
So here I sit late at night while sleep evades me.  Not because it normally does but because of a movie.  I read the book Most Likely to Succeed  but the movie was far more powerful.  Still not as powerful as a brief few words by an administrator at NTC but...
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