## TEACHING CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WITH MATH CLASS

Thomas Edison – “too stupid to learn anything” Updated August 15, 2020 Finding a right answer is sometimes not that important. More important is learning to approach a problem correctly, to study a mathematic question from different angles and to resist the urge to give up. This is best taught in middle school. In grades …

## ORDER OF OPERATIONS: THE ELEVATED MATH APPROACH

Someone posted this on a Facebook page: MATH TEST 2 + 2 x 2 + 2 x 2 – 2 x 2 = a.     6 b.     16 c.     40 I was shocked to see that so many people got the wrong answer. A student’s success in math is dependent on knowing the Order of Operations. …

## We MUST Engage Our Math Students

Updated: August 11, 2020 I remember my middle and high school classes when I was stuck in the classroom and daydreamed the time away. My lack of focus on a lesson that was droning on in front of me would cost me dearly when I got home later and had to answer the homework problems. …

## Dyscalculia: Not a Cool Math Concept

Updated: September 10, 2020 A parent sent me an email. She wrote her child had been diagnosed with dyscalculia. I looked up the word. According to Wikipedia, “Dyscalculia (or math disability) is a specific learning disability involving innate difficulty in learning or comprehending simple mathematics. It is akin to dyslexia and includes difficulty in understanding …

## Students Don’t Like Math? Ask the Right Question.

A short article written in a 2006 issue of NCTM’s mathematics journal, Teaching in the Middle School, caught my eye. It was entitled “Some Students Do Not Like Mathematics”. The reasons stated were the same as we have heard for years: “We don’t engage our students,” “Parents are not involved,” “Students don’t know how to …

## Monty Python and the Quadratic Shrubbery

If you have taught your math students about perimeter and area, if you are ready to present them with an application challenge, and if they are into Pythonesque comedy (Do you know many middle schoolers who are not into the absurd?), consider showing this clip from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. After watching the clip, distribute …

## Our Favorite Blog Posts of 2011

2011 will forever be significant in Elevated Math history.  Our iPad app was launched along our website and blog.   In Barbara Walters’ fashion, we decided to list the TEN MOST FASCINATING POSTS in 2011.  Oh, ok.  Fascinating is probably not the most accurate adjective, so how about if we list our ten favorites? Angry Birds …

## How to Optimize Your Study Time for the SAT or ACT

Taking the SAT or ACT may not be the highlight of your senior year of high school, but it certainly ranks near the top of the priority list. Colleges will be shopping for freshmen with high scores, so it is imperative that you optimize your study time so you can get the most out of …

## A Case for the Flipped Classroom

Variations of flipped classrooms are as many as there are teachers.  Brian Bennett writes in his blog post, “The flipped class is an ideology, not a methodology.”  He stresses that it is not defined by the use of videos.  He has moved away from videos now that he has more time for “engaging activities and …

## How We Treat Our Kids in School

I’m running for school board in Beverly Hills – a non-paying job with minimal perks – and we have one week left before the elections. The experience of campaigning has caused me to reflect on the experiences of our kids. I see some similarities. ME: I am expected to spend money on mailers and newspaper …