January 30, 2017
Matthew

Cultural Differences

I’ve been feeling a bit exasperated lately when considering the difference in levels between my American students compared to my Chinese students.  Overall I feel that, as I read in an article recently, the best American schools develop creativity and individual identity in students who become active and responsible citizens, whereas the best Chinese schools

November 3, 2016
Matthew

Sidekick Topics

The sidekick supports the superhero behind the scenes and doesn’t generally get too much recognition.  But the sidekick is SO important; the superhero is nothing without him/her.  There are some topics when I started teaching that I just never really saw much importance for in the standard K-12 curriculum until I realized they were super

November 3, 2016
Matthew

Rekindling the Math Fire

I spent the other night on the beach with my wife and some friends.  We built an awesome fire but got so caught up in our good time enjoying the stars and the company that we almost let the fire die out.  It took some time and effort to rekindle it, especially since we were

September 18, 2016
Matthew

Thanks.

I have to be honest that I have often felt like an inadequate teacher even though I’m a pretty confident guy, have always been growth-focused, and am open to new ideas & accept them if they make sense.  I think that possibly the feelings of inadequacy stem from the fact that there is so much I

August 28, 2016
Matthew

Finally Feeling Good About Week 1

Since the beginning of my career six years ago I’ve always felt awkward about what I do in Week 1.  I started with the usual boring stuff:  course outlines, review assignments, and/or some sort of other diagnostic to see where student understanding was to start out the school year.  I soon realized that there were