My teaching and tutoring are very much student-centered. Over the years I have developed dozens of highly original teaching/learning materials, often prompted by specific situations, some of which have been published and/or presented at conferences as well as being shared with other teachers. I have done long-term home instruction for a suburban school district, in which students have been inspired to go beyond the curriculum with additional self-motivated activities well beyond what was to be taught. At one of my recent conferences, I suggested that all the new Common Core Standards could be replaced by a single standard: engage in no action that will tend to adversely affect a student's love of learning. And that reflects my teaching philosophy.
After getting an MLS degree in Library Science, I went right into a Ph.D. program in math education, where my interests focused on curriculum theory, leading to a now-online manuscript in which I developed curriculum theory, which I have continued to do since, speaking at conferences and writing.
I am a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and an article referee for their journal The Mathematics Teacher, in which I have occasionally had material published.
The NCTM had already developed and promoted greater emphasis on Connections and curriculum Focal Points to enhance mathematical understanding, before the new Common Core Standards came along – and these may now be getting less emphasis in classrooms because of the new Standards.
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