Algebra is the wrong direction for math instruction

...we are focusing our resources in the wrong stand of math; we are focusing on a strand that will have little impact on our student’s lives and we are neglecting a strand that teachers, as a group, need to build competency in.

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The endurance of our school/class model is evidence of it’s strength, not it’s stagnation

Often, in educational circles, I hear the statement/complain that schools and classrooms look the same as they did a 100 years ago with the implication that this is harmful to student learning.  I feel this is a ridiculous statement; it is either untrue or at best, irrelevant. I think the first way to respond can be found in this...

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21st Century Learning? Get over it! It’s Already 2012!

@Stephen_Hurley proposed that the writers at VoicEd.ca write exploring 21st century learning and its meaning.  Here are some of my initial thoughts.  They’re a bit jumbled.  Feel free to deconstruct or ask for clarification: I think the idea/term, 21st century learning is a fairly empty catch phrase used to sell a variety of...

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2 more years of the same–growth and learning

Sometimes being a radical is merely a function of where you are.  While seemingly conservative, I have, what will likely be perceived, in this context, as a radical idea—don’t change anything!  While the system could use tweaking, and teachers can certainly improve their skills, I believe the system is fine the way it is—I...

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Author: Patrick Tucker

Hi! I’m Patrick Tucker. I am married and have 2 boys: a 7 year old and a 3 year old. The younger one has fairly pronounced autism, but is adjusting well and is almost obnoxiously happy. I currently teach with the YRDSB in a gifted grade 7 class. I have taught for ..hmmm…12 years. I am a big believer in critical thinking...

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