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Problem Solving Classroom

Tips from a Master Teacher (This is a work in progress.)

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Superhero in Training

Superhero in Training

Thanks for Being Brave Kudos to you for coming to this site and arriving at this sentence. That means you recognize the importance of asking students to think at higher levels in the math classroom as often as possible, and you’re willing to make the effort to learn how to do this better. That’s what this whole site is about—helping you to let go of tired ways of presenting mathematics that in ...
A Dream Letter

A Dream Letter

Over the years I got many letters from students thanking me for one aspect their education that they liked. My most frequent letter by far had to do with students appreciating my teaching them to think. That’s why I’m here taking the time to share it with you. (By the way, I chose the graphic above because I like how ludicrous it is to think of a student writing a hand-written letter instead of...
Comfortable with Uncomfortable

Comfortable with Uncomfortable

This is Going to Be a Bumpy Ride I don’t know how far along the continuum of becoming a problem solving teacher you are, but I know that if you’re at the beginning stages, you can expect lots of discomfort in your classroom. You need to be okay with that. Changing Your Role Conducting a great problem-solving session is a far cry from the traditional role of the teacher as the dispenser of knowl...

The Purpose of Puzzles

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