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Ideas you may find useful in discussions with your colleagues.

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by Henri Picciotto
Math education consultant, after 42 years in the classroom.

* I marked articles relevant to more than just math teachers with an asterisk.


The Common Core High School Math State Standards — a closer look (20-page in-depth analysis).


toolbox

For a tool-rich pedagogy, to reach more students and to deepen understanding.

An article on Reaching the Full Range of students.
Practical suggestions on implementing these ideas.

A presentation on these topics at the UC Berkeley School of Education:

(Slides: html | Keynote) | Shorter version: recorded webinar | Even shorter: recorded webinar


trap

The Assessment Trap: how some approaches to assessment undermine learning, and what to do about it.


Against hyper-acceleration of students in math. Sooner is not necessarily better.


Time Pressure: Bad for Students, Bad for Teachers, a five-minute Ignite presentation.


There is no one way: effective teachers constantly broaden their repertoire, and learn to make choices that may not come naturally. The Art of Teaching* worksheet may help.

"Art of Teaching" slides, also including slides on transitioning to a longer period*: online | Keynote

It is a companion to "Nothing Works", an article and a talk (outline, slides) in which I present some of my techniques.

I focus on a subset of these in a presentation on "Serving Our Strongest Students" (slides), and "Creating a Problem-Solving Culture" (slides).

An article on teaching in the long period*.


Why I Use the Interactive Whiteboard

The outline of a workshop for beginning teachers: Everything I Know.


Documents I have written for the Urban School Math Department:
Heterogeneous Classes
Group Work
A presentation on teacher collaboration (slides):
2003 version*, for independent school leaders
2008 version, for math teachers and math department chairs
2012 version*, for independent school teacher-leaders
Articles I co-authored with Jonathan Howland, the Dean of Faculty at The Urban School:
Depth vs. Breadth*, The Urban Community, April 1999. Slides* (2015): online | Keynote
Teacher Collaboration*, Independent School, Spring 2003
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