An Open Letter to the GED Graduate

There is a very common and very real enemy of adult education students. An enemy that doesn’t want them to succeed. One that whispers lies to sabotage them.

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Lucky Number?

Did you ever wonder what happens when math teachers try to write poetry? Wonder no more!   Lucky Number? Seven isn’t my lucky number. Seven is complicated, undisciplined, impossible to predict. Now ten, ten is mannerly and meek, Sweet home-schooled child of the number family. Ten perches properly in his seat, with one hand aloft,… Continue reading Lucky Number?

What is a Poem?

It’s NaPoWriMo, I explained, National Poetry Writing Month The challenge is to write a poem Each day throughout April We’re currently accepting poetry Submissions for our school blog Then transitioned right to comparing fractions As the numerator increases… As the denominator increases… To a sea of incredulous and apathetic faces Instantly the mood transitioned, murky to… Continue reading What is a Poem?

Mathematical Reasoning Cannot Be Taught: A Cautionary Tale

“How idiotic to require education students to take this class!” spat professor Guerzhoy, “This type of reasoning cannot be taught. Either you are a mathematician or you aren’t.” The four other education majors in the class seemed to shrink further into themselves, a pitiful island of students huddled against the far left wall of the classroom. I tried not to blink. I… Continue reading Mathematical Reasoning Cannot Be Taught: A Cautionary Tale