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Building discussion in your math classroom

When I became a middle school math teacher 12 years ago, one of the first things I noticed was how chatty students can be. So I was surprised when, after I asked my students to discuss a math problem, strategy or solution with their group members...

The wind at their backs

Big Apple Award-winning math teacher in the Bronx keeps her 6th-graders interested and engaged with lessons that revolve around math/science inquiry-based projects.

Understanding math has replaced ‘drill and kill’

There’s been a seismic shift in the way teachers approach math instruction over the last few decades. Rote memorization of mathematical algorithms — or so-called “drill and kill” instruction — has given way to experiential learning.

Noteworthy graduates: Yemaya Bordain, electrical engineer

“The teachers, to a one, told me and showed me I was special and handed me off with love to the next teacher,” says Yemaya Bordain, who in 2015 was the first black woman to receive a Ph.D in electrical and computer engineering from the University of...

UFT Math Teachers Committee workshop on tessellations in quilts

A creative math workshop reached back to the antebellum South to make its point about how math is related to our daily lives.

UFT Math Committee’s Tessellation in Quilts and Stained Glass workshop

A busy group of math teachers spent the afternoon of March 25 cutting, measuring, designing and constructing quilt block patterns as part of a hands-on workshop exploring how tessellation in quilts and stained glass can be used in math classes at all grade levels.