## Don’t Be Afraid of Making a Mistake. Flip Your Classroom.

Articles abound on how traditional teaching methods deny students the chance to learn from their mistakes. But in this pandemic, when teachers are forced to engage in remote learning, they are more than ever scrutinized by parents and staff. Under so much pressure, teachers won’t dare try something new and risk making a mistake. A […]

## Building Confidence In Math Class

Photography by Ta-Duc Updated September 9, 2020 When I ran for school board, one question was asked a number of times, usually by students. “How would I provide more teacher/student interactions?” I assumed the students wanted a more personal experience in their learning until a BBC News article made me realize that this question might

## 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.

## 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

## 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

## The Pursuit of Place Value Understanding, Part III

On May 23, 2010 in my very first blog, Teaching Math; It’s All in the Balance, I shared my view that both the traditional and reform camps have something to offer math educators. Basically, traditionalists believe skills should be taught based on algorithms, formulas and step-by-step procedures; reformists support a more inquiry-based approach that emphasizes developing

## Use Angry Birds to Teach Math

As David Wees shares in his blog entitled, Make Mathematics Fun, “too many students spend a lot of time not enjoying themselves when learning mathematics.”  He challenges mathematics educators to make math accessible and more easily learned for their students.  Being up for the challenge, here is a suggestion. Angry Birds is the largest mobile app

## A New Found Freedom: Let’s Celebrate Learning Independence!

photography by Andreas Blixt Since the U.S. is celebrating Independence Day, I think this is an appropriate time to underscore the reasons why the iPad and the Elevated Math app can bring a new kind of freedom or independence when learning at home, away from home or in the classroom.  Taking creative liberties, I have