• Vlog Ep #08: Teaching Math Unshackled from Standards and Curriculum Documents

    Are you getting a little tired of other people interfering in how you teach in your classroom? I see around the world teachers being put under greater and greater pressure to perform, as if they were mere employees or servants of the state. And I'm over it!

  • Math in the News: Is Rote Learning the Secret Behind Chinese Mathematics Success?

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    Rote learning of math was abandoned in western nations as early as the 1960s. So why is the UK government spending £41m to train teachers in 8000 English primary schools in so-called "mastery maths", based on the approach in Shanghai, China? More importantly, is rote learning somehow the "missing ingredient" in English kids' learning of maths?

  • Asian Kids Beat Out the West in Math Again

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    Pisa test results released: Why do western nations like the US, Australian and the UK struggle to compete on the international stage when it comes to school mathematics? A couple of days ago, the Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA) results from OECD countries were released. I encourage you to go over and have a […]