I recently attended a math teacher's conference in San Diego, and in preparation for running some Professional Development about what I learned, I thought I would try to summarize here. Growth Mindset Research The research, in a nutshell, says that the brain grows with concerted effort and collaborative communication. The brain is a plastic … Continue reading Growth Mindset Conference
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
Last summer I enrolled in a Stanford based MOOC taught by Professor of Education Jo Boaler. The course is centered on the idea of promoting a "growth mindset" towards mathematics and learning in general. The school year started before I could finish the course, so I didn't finish. I was happy to see that Boaler … Continue reading Still Working on EDUC115
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
****SPOILER**** Yep, it sure is. I will be talking exclusively about the United States. There are some basic takeaways I want to communicate: It's possible to be financially successful without a college degree, but it's not likely at all It's possible to not be financially successful even with a college degree, but it is not so … Continue reading Is College Still Worth It Financially?
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Self-Augmentations are a scary and exciting future Augmentation technology -- nanomachines to improve body function, prosthetic limbs imbued with super-human strength, improved vision, improved intelligence, immortality-- has great potential to improve people's lives. The tech will restore limbs to vets, correct birth defects, and many more miracles. However, augmentation also has … Continue reading Lessons Learned from Various Games
I found a new resource that could possibly be a part of what I see to be the next generation of equity in education. You can follow this link to check out Knewton, an adaptive learning platform. Hopefully textbooks and their exercises will transform into a mastery-based, personalized system. You can add that to Khan Academy and … Continue reading Adaptive Learning, Blended Learning