Below are selected pieces on teaching and learning. I also write a column for Quanta Magazine, contribute to the New York Times Learning Network, and authored a test prep book for Barrons / Kaplan. See my personal Writing page for more details.
There’s More to Math Than Drills – What’s considered important in math teaching?
Teachers and Students Deserve More Than Pity – Why do teachers have to beg for resources?
The Underlying Problem With the New York State Regents Exams – A summary of years of critically reviewing high stakes tests
My PAEMST Story – My experience leading up to the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
In Praise of Memorizing Algorithms – It’s not always bad to memorize things
The Value of Vaguery, and Trying New Things – Thoughts on open-endedness in math teaching
Apple Pies are Delicious – A cautionary tale of relying too much on rote memorization
Thanks, James – A visit from a former student highlights the complicate nature of building relationships through teaching
When Does Teaching Cease to Be a Challenge? – On the infinite challenges of teaching
What Will They Be Doing? – How I start planning every lesson
What Makes a Great Teacher? – A quick answer to a deep question
Math at the Deli Counter – The grocery store is always a mathematical adventure
Well, No One’s Complained – The imbalance of power between teacher and student
A Soccer Masterclass – What you can learn from a kids soccer class
Did No One Care About Seth Godin? – It’s easy to blame teachers when you don’t get it
Is Mathematics Unnatural? – Inspired by a conversation with Fields Medalist Cedric Villani
The Perils of Teacher Blogging – What can happen when students read your blog
Clark Kent is a Superhero – A triumph of student over teacher
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