Author Archives: James Dunseith

Riding Out the Storm

As October comes to a close with a hurricane whose impact we won’t know until a day or two from now, these unexpected two days off are a chance to reflect on the school year so far. It’s difficult to know where to begin with this, because I have been so busy living day to […]

A New Kind of Rocket Science

Somewhere in the wee hours between Sunday night and Monday morning, the rover Curiosity landed successfully on Mars to much fanfare.  It’s impossible not be thrilled and awed at this accomplishment, and depending on your point of view, it proves that US scores on PISA etc. either matter very little (we rank near the bottom […]

2012-13: iZone, Student Choice, and Laying out the Year Ahead

The NYC iZone at Validus Preparatory Academy When I last wrote, nearly a month ago, I posted some pictures of the chalkboard we were using to plan classes for the upcoming school year.  Now, from this mid-summer vantage point, I’ll take this opportunity to step back and provide a summary of our plans and how […]

When does a word matter?

I spent today’s NYC Chancellor’s Conference Day down at Math for America in a workshop presented by Richard Steinberg, a physics and education professor at The City College of New York.  He presented his case for inquiry-based science and math instruction before spending a few hours leading us through a semester’s worth of inquiry-based astronomy. […]

Spring Goals: 11th Grade Math, Specifically Trigonometry

11th Grade Math / Trigonometry TLT 2, and the use cycle for active pedagogy strategies within this curriculum. Digital archiving, so I can share & provide work in a place like this TLC Scaffolding SLTs into the larger ones that make up my Trig curriculum Writing process and graphic organizers If, in June, I can […]

Spring Goals: Pre Calculus

Pre Calculus Making sure kids don’t hate math. Keeping the ideal of rich problem sets and exams with which I started the Fall, but adapting to kids who have proven unprepared for that. When the year began, I was probably most excited for this class.  I’d be working with nearly 40 students (mostly seniors, some […]

Statistics Debrief, Part $%*%#!

I never got around to finishing my debrief of the Statistics semester that was, at least on these pages.  I think I forget the majority of what I was going to write about.  I have come to an important place in my career, where I’m experiencing the detrimental effects of being too busy to reflect. […]