Monday, May 21, 2012

Mathematics Intervention Modal

How do you help kids entering high school with significant mathematics deficiencies to catch up?  Just delivering mathematical content, regardless of the delivery system, could have little hope of success. These kids have developed issues with their receptiveness to the content. They have established defense mechanisms that protect them from the embarrassment of failure.  These mechanisms could be in the form of apathy or behavior or a host of other indicators.  The key to resolving these issues is to identify and attack the obstacles that the curricular delivery encounters.

The challenge is to find a model that will address these obstacles AND teach them math at a rapid enough rate that they can "catch up" with their peers and ready themselves for the real world in time for graduation.  Is that possible?  I would suggest not, and I speak from experience.  The bottom line:  you do NOT have to identify the source of the deficiency if you can get them to "buy in" to a program that addresses the mathematics in such a way that they will do enough to see success.

This is what we began doing at Edina (MN) High School in 2008.  The program we developed is eMath ( and test scores suggest that it is working.  Traditional textbook-driven math courses are hopelessly flawed in two major respects:

1) The assume that all kids in class are in the same place at the same time, and
2) The assume that all kids in class are able to learn at the same rate.

Because of these to flawed assumptions, a textbook model will not work for these kids.  It will take a model that allows kids to begin where they are and move at the rate that accommodates them in order to make progress.  eMath does that with the help of Plato Learning.  View the eMath website for details.

Let me know what you think?  Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How much is too much?

Are we in danger of getting too embroiled in technology and losing site of the basics of education?  Is the use of technology becoming just the latest fad in education?  Or is technology really a valid means of teaching kids more, better, faster? 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What do you use?

What types of technology does your school use (overhead projectors don't count :) ).   Interactive white boards, "clickers", document cameras, projectors, notebooks?  What works.  What doesn't.

How can technology change educational best practices?

As an educator, it seems to me that we primarily use technology to "do school" much the same as we always have.  What is it going to take to get us to start using technology to change the process, as well as the face, of education?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

To what degree does technology drive enrollment?

Just wondering what folks think about this idea.  It is my firm belief the the world of education is changing fast and that schools that do not have the ability to keep up will lose students.

About Bob Schneider

My name is Bob Schneider.  I am currently a teacher at a public high school in Minnesota (Edina High School).  Edina is one of the best public schools in the nation.  I have taught in private schools, rural schools, inner-ring suburbs, and affluent suburban schools.  I have enjoyed every position.  I am passionate about education!

I believe that private education is in danger from a funding standpoint in terms of technology and that is the focus of this blog.  I want to collaborate with folks of like mind that are willing to offer and help find technology resources for private schools.

Please join me!