Teaching Logic

You have to get your students thinking like coders.  You don't have to put them on computers to do that. I loathed when students asked "Why do we need to know this?"  Not because it is obnoxious or anti-intellectual; it's actually a great inquiry question.  No, I hated it because an old math colleague used... Continue Reading →

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Make Sports Coed Redux

A few months ago I made the argument that schools should move towards a coed model of sports.  The logic behind those arguments can be found here, and I stand behind the basic concept. I was surprised to find, during August inservice, that a former student was denied a place on the high school field... Continue Reading →

Why Mapping Data Matters

I am going to post on how to use Google Tables to map student data, but I wanted to explain why you might want to do it separately.  You, I am sure, can find a dozen uses for mapping data.  Here are a few of mine: Knowing the Community: I do not live where I... Continue Reading →

Unknown Known

There are the known knowns; there are things we know we know.  We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know.  But there are also unknown unknowns--there are things we do not know we don't know. --Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense under George... Continue Reading →

Make Sports Co-ed

Two years ago our administration told us not to use gender in our classroom. It had come up when students were asked to pack-up the room for the day--boys putting away materials, girls stacking chairs. It was one of many daily sorts we do, and students self-designated their gender and responsibility, but one student who... Continue Reading →

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