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Out on Good Behavior:  Teaching math while looking over your shoulder

Out on Good Behavior: Teaching math while looking over your shoulder

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How do teachers balance directives and edicts when they don't seem to be what is best for students?

Veteran math teacher Barry Garelick grapples with this issue in the process of becoming a fully credentialed teacher. 

As the Mark Twain of education writing, Garelick presents this collection of essays which chronicle his experiences at two schools teaching math.

With essays such as, "Not Making Sense, and a Conversation I Never Had", “Math Talk, Stalin’s Hemorrhoids and Murder of Crows", Garelick gives the reader a verité-style glimpse into the daily routines of math teaching and exposes a lot of the nonsense that teachers are advised to follow, and which they feel guilty about when they don't.

 

About the Author

Barry Garelick is a second-career math teacher in California. He has written articles on math education that have appeared in the Atlantic, Nonpartisan Education Review, Education Next, Education News and AMS Notices. He is also the author of three books on math education.

For discussion questions written by the author that will guide your shared reading of "Out on Good Behavior," email gmorrison@johncatt.com.