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Author:Joe Bower
Description: "Assessment is not a spreadsheet — it's a conversation." Describing his early teaching practice as "focused on power and control," Bower has followed three principles since 2004: "students should experience their successes and failures not as reward and punishment but as information; teachers should be less like judges-in-waiting who do things to students to garnish compliance and more like safe and caring allies who work with children in an effort to nourish their natural curiosity and desire to learn; and the best learning environments provide students with the opportunity to construct their own understanding while doing projects that are in a context and for a purpose while interacting with their environment." Posts, which date back to January, 2010, and include dozens on math, have included "Confessions of a one time teacher bully," "Education and sports analogies," "Harmful effects of algorithms," "Alberta's new math curriculum," "Mindless math mimicry," "Math as a ventriloquist act," "Relationships > maths," "Adding to 10," "Unlike the humanities, math just doesn't have one right answer," and "Return of the Math Wars."

Levels: Elementary, Middle School (6-8)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Web-Based Discussions
Math Ed Topics: Assessment/Testing, Grouping/Cooperative Learning, Problem-Solving, Psychological/Affective Issues, Specific Math Concepts/Techniques, Teaching Styles/Practices, Writing/Communication in Math, Reform

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