Parents Aplenty

When our now grown son and daughter were in high school, they used to kiddingly refer to me as “Band Overlord.” They were both band kids (trumpet and bassoon, respectively), and I was the extremely enthusiastic president of our public high school’s...

Connections to Mathematical Modeling

As part of CTL’s book study for the Focus in High School Mathematics Reasoning & Sense Making (FOCUS), this is the sixth in the series of those blog posts. Last time we looked at what the authors suggested for those Reasoning Habits that assists students in...

Grades: Students Earning or Students Learning?

Grading has always seemed subjective. One teacher gives extra credit points for coming to class prepared (pencil in hand) while another teacher refuses to accept late work (even one day late). One teacher allows students to redo work until mastery while another...

Inspired Work: Twelve Words for 2012

Late in 2011 I read The Happiness Project (by Gretchen Rubin, 2011), a New York Times Bestseller about a young woman’s journey to improve the quality of her life through fairly simple goals she sets for herself each month. It’s hard not to think about starting your...