American boys are failing to keep pace with their mathematical peers internationally. Our test scores aside–and we are skeptical of attempts at standardized measurement–there is the deeper problem of many boys hating math and failing to learn the skills they need for professional success, and the habits of mind needed to fully appreciate reality. Heights math teacher, Dave Maxham explores the causes for this visceral reaction that so many boys have. He sums it up in four causes: the problem of standards, the problem of common core (concepts vs.
Classroom dynamics, cramped schedules, and misunderstandings can make it hard to imagine teaching writing as one would teach math or science. Joe Breslin reviews five things we’re doing wrong with writing instruction, and offers five preferred strategies.
Heights teacher, Joe Breslin, discusses the problems with the contemporary approach to writing, and offers his strategy for raising craftsmen of letters. By turning your classroom into a workshop, you can engage your boys and train them in the arts of observation and effective communication.
Resources Mentioned in Podcast:
Joe Breslin’s webinar on The Heights Academy: Writing From the Sentence Up