Jeff Willard
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Passing the blame

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kelly O'Melia Nov 16, 2010. 7 Replies

As a middle school math teacher, I've heard the same complaint (and I must admit, had the thought myself) that if the elementary teachers were doing a good job with the basics, it would make my job…Continue

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Nice Math Website

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Pizzo Oct 4, 2010. 1 Reply

I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for a good website to use with students for drill and practice.  It's not hard to do a search and find such a website, but it's not always user-friendly…Continue

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CHANGE

Posted on December 28, 2010 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Change is a part of life…I get that.  Trying to adjust to the changes in my life over the last year hasn’t always been easy.  Since January of 2010, my father passed away, my school closed down, and I’m in a very different teaching position. I certainly haven’t found a way to escape change.  For the purpose of this writing, I will focus only on my new teaching position. 

I knew in advance of my school closing…

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A Coaching Approach

Posted on December 24, 2009 at 8:46am 2 Comments

Before participating in Algebra for All, I spent last year involved in the MMSTLC (Michigan Mathematics & Science Teacher Leadership Collaborative). There are many similarities between the two organizations. Without going through a lengthy paragraph comparing and contrasting the two groups, I want to emphasize the main similarity…a focus on student learning. Through lesson studies, it becomes clear that it’s not about whether GLCEs or CCEs were taught, but rather students were able to… Continue

A time to give thanks

Posted on November 26, 2009 at 3:30pm 3 Comments

Just a couple years ago the technology in my classroom included a desktop computer and an overhead projector. I’m a veteran teacher who felt that the current push for technology was overrated. In my opinion, student learning was impacted solely by the style and efforts of the classroom teacher. I still believe the teacher has the biggest impact on their students’ learning, but technology has had a huge impact in my classroom. Through district purchases and grant monies, I now have a classroom… Continue

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