Reflecting on ‘Building A Better Teacher’

Just finished up 'Building A Better Teacher' by Elizabeth Green. I anticipated a book that would discuss teacher preparation programs in the US and how we can do better.  I was surprised by how much of the book seemed to focus on the history and development of an inquiry-based approach in a math classroom (which being a math teacher, I loved).  I think Green went in that direction since math education seems to be where our teachers are lacking direction the most.  The latter half focused more on the developments in teacher preparation programs (triumphs and failures) as well as…
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Project Week – A Short Documentary

Project Week – A Short Documentary

I just finished my first year here at The Khabele School in Austin, TX.  The vision of the school is to be a place where students fall in love with learning, realize their profound beauty, and live with courage and authenticity.  One of the ways that plays out is with Project Week. "If you could do whatever you wanted for a week, what would you do?" That's the question students are trying to answer and explore with Project Week. Below is a short documentary I filmed about the whole process.
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Challenges Of An Inquiry Based Math Classroom- Part 2

Challenges Of An Inquiry Based Math Classroom- Part 2

Check out 'Challenges Of An Inquiry Based Math Classroom Part 1' to see how I develop inquiry through dialogue & discussions in my classroom. Another way I've tried to develop a little bit more inquiry and curiosity in mathematics is through Dan Meyer's 3-Act-Problems (check out Meyer's TED talk on math education in the US if you're interested).  I had heard of these 3-Act-Problems for a long while but didn't actually try one out until later in the year.  The 3-Act comes from the idea of how a story unfolds; Act 1 is where you grab your audiences attention, Act…
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