# Maryscott Glasgow

## My Last Math Class

This blogpost was written four years ago, but we are posting it again as it demonstrates how teachers can make huge differences in their students’ lives by adapting to their educational needs. Today, Covid is forcing teachers to teach remotely. The positive and lasting consequences on students by instructors who creatively embrace these challenges is […]

## Absolute Value: The Elevated Math Approach

Math students who begin their math journey into absolute value usually evaluate expressions with absolute value as “always positive.” That is, until they encounter the absolute value of zero, and then their answers become “always positive or zero.” The formal definition of absolute value is |x| = x if x ≥ 0 or –x if

## A KEY TO EFFECTIVE TEACHING: OBSERVATION

After I was elected on the school board, a principal introduced me to a middle school math teacher whose students had averaged 98% advanced or proficiency in Algebra 1 over the past three years. “Wow! How did you do that?” I exclaimed. “Is there something special in your teaching technique?” Obviously, this teacher knew her

## 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

## 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

## 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, Pt. 2

In the previous blog Use Angry Birds to Teach Math (see below) we shared a plan to introduce students to parabolas. Students can follow Bruner’s CRA teaching method from tossed-beanbags to the parabolas in Angry Birds to graphing-quadratic-equations in Elevated Math. The popularity of our blog post has inspired us to include an excerpt from the Elevated Math lesson.

## 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

## Poverty Does Affect School Achievement

On August 18, 2011 a panel of experts discussed the state of black education in the U.S. at the Edgartown Whaling Church, in Edgartown, MA.  The topic of the evening was Separate But Unequal: Closing the Education Gap. The online publication, the Vineyard Gazette, ran an article written by Mike Seccombe summarizing the discussion entitled

## Whole Number Division with Semi-Concrete Base Ten Blocks

Helping children develop conceptual understandings, making math learning relevant, and integrating discovery and skills-based learning are all important. In the blog post The First Steps in Developing Conceptual Understanding of Place Value I shared my 2nd grade grandson’s experience in learning two and three digit addition and subtraction.  He had been learning to add and subtract digits