Strengths Based vs. Growth Mindset

Lately I've had some cognitive dissonance regarding two ideas I like very much: a strengths based approach to learning versus a growth mindset approach. Whenever two seemingly disparate ideas clash, it is inevitable that the most useful way of thinking finds a way to combine and respect both. In a sense, these two ideas are … Continue reading Strengths Based vs. Growth Mindset


5 Big Problems in American Education

As I'm here at NCTM thinking about different career paths, I'm creating a picture of the big issues in education.  Doing this might give me ideas about possible opportunities in the future.  The five key problems I see are: The experience of new teachers Collaboration between teachers Grades and assessment Intervention for struggling students Social/emotional … Continue reading 5 Big Problems in American Education

Algebra Teaching Tips

Here are some useful take-aways for teaching Algebra from the EDUC115 class I mentioned earlier. First, some definitions are helpful. Procedural Algebra: Using variables to represent a specific number that you solve for. Structural Algebra: Using variables to describe patterns/growth in a general sense. Tips: 1.  Teach structural algebra first.  This taps into students' natural … Continue reading Algebra Teaching Tips

My Job

Teaching has the potential to consume everything in one's life.  In order to promote my mental health, I've been trying to separate my job from the things my students have to do themselves.  I'm not sure if this list is useful, correct, or complete, but it seems to help me in this moment. Teacher's job … Continue reading My Job