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Topic: Will Richardson Why Schools and Algebra 1
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Robert Hansen

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Re: Will Richardson Why Schools and Algebra 1
Posted: Aug 31, 2013 12:42 PM
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Richard, I think a lot of the problem with your failure to get any useful feedback is that you aren't providing the context in which you teach. It seems that you are teaching the "other" track of mathematics. Maybe it would help if you described this "other" track. And by "other" I mean the non honors track.

Note, it is only recently that the "honors" track was called "honors" track. Not too long ago it was just mathematics and the "other" track didn't even have a name (it still doesn't). Also, not long ago, there was another very real and applicable track called "vocational" and it included subjects like business and accounting math. Tragically, mathematics became "honors", the "other" track became what you teach and the vocational track disappeared.

In any event, can you describe this "other" track and what it means to you so that it might help teachers, like myself, put what you post in some sort of context.

Bob Hansen

On Aug 31, 2013, at 9:00 AM, Richard Strausz <> wrote:

> By coincidence, this week's 'Math Forum Internet News' had two items that relate directly to your question. Here is an excerpt with links:
> Videos of Doing and Teaching Math
> videos-of-doing-and-teaching-math/
> Max recently added to his growing annotated compilation of videos that "deepen inquiry into teaching math, and student inquiry into learning math."
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> a kid "thinking SO HARD about making change"
> illustrations of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Mathematical Practices
> podcasting combined with virtual manipulatives as a form of one-on-one assessment
> Suzanne, the Forum's Director of Professional Development, problem-solving with middle-school students in Philadelphia
> Want to talk about videos that feature math teachers and students? Have a comment for our Professional Collaboration Facilitator? Post them on Max's blog.
> His first book is in press now. Published by Heinemann, Powerful Problem Solving: Activities for Sense-Making with the Mathematical Practices hits shelves next month. Check out some of the early reviews:
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> - Max, posted to his blog
> noticing-and-wondering-in-high-school/
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> Richard

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