4 Ways to use the NCAA Tournament to Enhance your Math Classes

The big scream coming from administrators, curriculum coaches, and students alike is for relevancy in teaching. Sometimes, as math teachers, we have had a hard time picking up that relevancy piece. I find that the best time to bring students into the fold is during the NCAA tournament because so much math can be taught [...]

By | March 27th, 2017|Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics, Middle School|0 Comments

Teaching Money Concepts To Young Students

The past few years I have become so much more conscientious about not only teaching basic money skills to my second graders, but also teaching the concept of money and saving. I have noticed that these concepts don’t seem to be taught much at home anymore. Sure it’s easy for me to implement a token [...]

Using Literature to Teach Math: Five Great Books to Use in Middle School

I'm always trying to come up with different ways to teach math that will grab the interest of my students. If you've ever taught math or been taught math, you know there are some students that just don't like math, but love reading. So, what if you incorporate literature in math instruction? I've got five [...]

By | February 16th, 2017|Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Mathematics, Middle School|0 Comments

An Invitation and a Demand for Equity in Mathematics

I heard a refreshing voice today. One that silenced the annoying diatribe I have encountered so many times in the past regarding the mathematics dilemma. (Caution: A moment of personal trajectory coming in 3...2...) As an African-American womyn, I am twice marginalized by the discipline of mathematics, and yet access to it has catapulted me [...]

By | February 1st, 2017|Instructional Strategies, Mathematics, Opinion|0 Comments

Math Education: Why U.S. Students Fall Behind

The failure of math education in the United States has several reasons. After looking at the results of two international tests that we participate in, I can suggest some of the reasons for this problem. The PISA (The Programme for International Student Assessment) and TIMSS (Third International Mathematics and Science Study) are international tests that [...]

By | December 9th, 2016|Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics|4 Comments