Teaching Math, Above and Beyond the Test

09/06/10 05:12:pm

I decided to become a math teacher when I was in ninth grade and never looked back. I managed somehow to evade most of the educational fads throughout the years, and I take pride in teaching serious mathematics in a traditional academically focused classroom.

I test my students and report their progress based on how they perform mathematically -- how well they actually do math problems. Even though I use objective testing measures when evaluating their progress, I understand that such tests, although carefully crafted for my particular students, do not necessarily paint a complete and clear picture. Since they also learn content and solve problems well above the level found on standardized tests, I expect them to max out on such tests.