WashMath Archive

The concept of this archive came up in a WaToToM conference held in February 2010. The idea was to start a common repository so that things that are cool but old can stay around without cluttering things up in the main pages.

Hence this page, where one can find Opinions, News and Commentary, Past Events, Resources and Research Articles that are collected by Washington Mathematics over many years and are invaluable assets towards Teaching of Mathematics.


Archive: The Idea

  • What is Reform Math? – An explanation of the idea of Reform Ma7h, the kind of mathematical teaching we talk about.

Archive: Setting the Record Straight

  • Misapprehensions about Reform Math – A list of commonly held misapprehensions, and our attempt to set the record straight by sorting through the facts, clarifying facts and opinions.

Archive: Opinions

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  • "I got to the last page of the last icon-shattering piece Gerald W. Bracey will ever write, and felt sad and empty. As usual, he had skewered--with great erudition and insight--some of my fondest beliefs about how to improve schools." - writes Jay Mathews in Washington Post. Take a peek at the Last Report from the legendary Gerald Bracey. Read the article - Bracey's last report--trashing our educational assumptions
  • "I was going to stop writing about education for a while, because it can be frustrating. But too much is going on." - says Jerry Large, the noted educational expert and staff columnist of Seattle Times. So he writes about the Final Report of Gerald Bracey and presents supporting ideas. Read the article - Red flags on the road to reform
  • "We are in the midst of paradox in math education. As more states strive to improve math curricula and raise standardized test scores, more students show up to college unprepared for college-level math." This prompted noted Maryland physicist and author Joseph Ganem to reflect on the causes. Read the article - A Math Paradox: The Widening Gap Between High School and College Math
  • "It might be good then to pause a moment and ask: Where did these programs come from? And why?" - Discovery-based math, although often criticized, has produced some encouraging results, writes guest columnist Michael Sparks in The Seattle Times. Read the article
  • School-testing expert Gerald W. Bracey says that Washington schools chief Randy Dorn's plan to replace WASL is good, but replacing WASL with shorter, multiple-choice tests is not so good an idea: Replace the WASL but do it right
  • Gerald W. Bracey, a researcher and former state director of assessment, moves beyond hyperbole to deconstruct the numbers about performance of U.S. students: Education success depends on unspun data
  • A guest editorial from the Seattle Times by Catherine Taylor, a professor in the UW College of Education: Making math instruction add up
  • A guest editorial from the Seattle Post Intelligencer by Virginia Warfield, a Senior Lecturer in the University of Washington mathematics department: Many math 'truths' are in fact myths
  • An article by Thomas O'Brien in the Kappan (journal of the Phi Beta Kappa Society) on the contrast between what Reform Math is working on and what he calls Parrot Math
  • A guest editorial by Steve Kinholt in the Seattle PI on the steady gains in WASL scores.
  • An opinion piece from the Notices of the American Mathematical Society by Solomon Garfunkel, Because Math Matters
  • A professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Missouri-Columbia argues very clearly that Keeping pupils engaged in mathematics is what counts
  • It Just Adds Up: Students need much more than WASL Math -- BCC's President speaks up in the Redmond Reporter
  • Don't Dump the WASL, from the Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties Daily World


Archive: News and Commentary

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Archive: Past Events

  • Critical Issues in Mathematics Education Workshop
    "Reasoning and Sense-Making in the Math Curriculum"

    MSRI, Berkeley, CA, June 07-09, 2010

  • Movers & Shakers: HS EOC Item Writing
    Olympia, May 18-20, 2010

  • Washington State Assoc. for Multicultural Education Workshops
    North Seattle Community College, College Center Bldg. (Club Room)

    Strategies to Address Racial Harassment: January 14, 2010
    Gender, Bias and Aggression in Adolescent Girls: February 26, 2010
    Improving Cross-Cultural Communications: March 12, 2010
    Cultural Competence in the Classroom: April 23, 2010
    The Role of Whites in a Multicultural Society: May 14, 2010

  • Regional Math Coaching Institute [Training]
    West Side Center: Bellevue, Washington, February 10-11, 2010
    East Side Center: Spokane, Washington, February 16-17, 2010

  • Parent Student Math Advisory Night
    Green River, Auburn, February 8, 2010

  • EIM's 4th annual MathFest
    Rainier Community Center, November 12, 2009


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Archive: Research

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