Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to:
- connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
- share ideas about learning and human development;
- spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy.
Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing.
Michael Ulku-Steiner, Head of School
Teaching across the bridge on Ridge Road
Hill Center Math Teacher Sarah Hudspeth has organized a home-grown summer conference for math teachers to share their best teaching practices. Faculty will gather on July 28 and August 13 to trade strategies and continue cementing the professional bonds between DA and the Hill Center.
Topics on tap: technology integration, differentiation, grading, test creation, building conceptual understandings, graphic organizers, math journals, review games and activities, action research and more.
In her collegial invitation, Sarah offers some summer food for thought: “Why do we teach mathematics? Especially in the age of calculators?”
She also shares one person’s answer, in the form of Jordan Ellenberg’s new book How Not to Be Wrong; The Power of Mathematical Thinking.
Click here to listen to a recent NPR interview with Ellenberg. His opening line: “Right now, in a classroom somewhere in the world, a student is mouthing off to her math teacher.”
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