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I’m going to take a break from breathing fire for a post and get into my summer plans: digging into the new state standards. If you teach in Texas, our illustrious legislators approved changes to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards in 2012. Those changes will go into effect for the 2014-2015 school…

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Jul 15 2013

#76: Some anti-TFA blowhard lights a torch

Hi, my name is Didymath(1), and I am anti-TFA. I’ve been blogging in this space for nearly two years and if you are a regular reader, you are probably not shocked in the least to see that sentence. To muddy the waters a bit, I want to clarify what it is I am against. I…

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Jul 13 2013

#75: How to be a teacher on the internet

The serendipity of Mr. Rubinstein showing us Chad for America and the triumphant return of parus inspired me to lecture y’all on professional internet etiquette. While I am certain that everyone has sat through a session on this already, I feel obliged to reiterate a few things. Here’s the Didymath guide to internetting: Everything you do online,…

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Institute has a pretty classic narrative structure. Induction is your exposition, setting the scene. Your rising action: first day jitters, getting your dorm room, ice breakers, the first big pep rally where you stand with your regional compatriots: it’s college all over again! Then, teaching for the first time, being excited to meet your students,…

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Last year, our district was in thrall to the unit exam schedule of CSCOPE, a very expensive curriculum/unit exam regime not at all appropriate for students who were behind grade level. Our district math coordinator at the time insisted at the time that fealty to this schedule would ultimately lead our students to the promised…

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Any future and present math teachers interested in a little summer PD from home? I’m taking Stanford’s EDUC115N “How to Learn Math” starting July 15. Direct quote: CONCEPTS 1. Knocking down the myths about math. Math is not about speed, memorization or learning lots of rules. There is no such thing as “math people” and…

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2013 TFA teachers: you are finished with Institute or are about to finish. You’ve spent hours poring over lesson plans, listening intently to feedback from your advisors(1), attending session after session, and reflecting more than a funhouse mirror. You’ve been staying up late and getting up early for a month-plus. You are probably exhausted. This…

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This is part five of an ongoing dialogue regarding the importance of standardized testing. This post is in response to EMinNM’s “Test scores aren’t all that matter!” EM, before I go any further, let me apologize for my slow response. My go-to excuse for tardiness is here. Thank you for your quite thoughtful response. I…

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I’m responding to EMinMN’s most recent post titled “Test scores do matter. Unfortunately.”  This was originally to be a comment but it got long-winded(1) and I think merits a discussion of the importance of testing in our work. Her post is itself a response to Gary Rubinstein’s post regarding a 2012 CM’s quote: “My vision…

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Jun 12 2013

#68: End-of-year reflections

Summer is officially here as evidenced by an adorable sleeping baby strapped to my chest and the Spurs rolling in the NBA Finals(1). My first year as a general ed teacher is done. My first year of teaching with the STAAR Geometry test is done. My third year is in the books with the fourth…

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