My name is Jim. I have been a mathematics teacher for over 20 years now. I believe strongly in non-traditional methods of teaching math, although it does not mean (as many might have you believe) that I think facts and skills are unimportant. I just do not see learning facts and skills as the ‘end’ in math. This is not to say I have not tried my hand at all kinds of teaching. When I first came to my past school, in addition to my first couple years teaching, I was very traditional. I just saw my students learn more when I ventured “outside the box.”
This was my space to talk about teaching and education topics primarily, although I did weigh in on politics and religion on occasion. I have decided to move in a different direction with regards to posting my thoughts.