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August 21, 2018

This article appeared in Edutopia on August 6, 2018.

April 9, 2018

To me, hooks are an idea, not the limited set of examples set forth on the pages within this site. Therefore, every hook can be edited, adjusted, reworked and added upon to fit the needs of the classroom.

So how do you know if a hook is any good? The answer lies in...

March 15, 2018

A few years ago, I was part of an Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) looking for ideas to promote whole school improvement. My principal, who had read John Hattie’s Visible Learning, steered us toward Hattie’s effect size meta-analysis, which had compiled data from hu...

February 25, 2018

About ten years ago, my vice principal introduced me to an article that promoted the idea of “mountaintop grading”. The idea behind the concept was simple: Students learn at different paces and therefore, we should give students who need more time the opportunity to ha...

February 4, 2018

How do we ensure that the time we commit to group work is used productively? This is a major concern for any teacher who is beginning the shift away from the traditional teaching model and toward the student-centered classroom. For me, the secret is planning. Just beca...

January 27, 2018

When my eighth grade class began their investigation of solving systems of equations using the substitution method, I used the appropriate math hook for this  standard (8.EE.C.8.B). Not surprisingly, kids were stumped. I heard questions like "What happened to the y?",...

August 29, 2017

Productive Failure as described in this article has been a major inspiration behind Mathhooks.com. Inquiry before instruction aims to benefit students by allowing them to be creative, think critically, analyze their own prior knowledge and "problem solve" in the purest...

August 29, 2017

For the past 11 years of my teaching career, I've worked hard to convert my boring-old math class into a student-centered, creative, thought exploratorium! And on some days, it all comes together and fulfills my highest expectations. But there's other days where it's n...

June 28, 2017

In researching available content for MathHooks.com, I came across the site Inquirymaths.com, which is a fascinating site and shares many of the aspirations that I have for math class. In short, the site is a home for material and discussion for an inquiry approach to m...

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