• About jensilvermath

    After teaching for 14 years, I now design curriculum and create digital and print instructional materials for high school and middle school math. I have also invented and am now marketing radian-scale protractors. Check out www.proradian.net! I'm very happily married and have 2 grown sons and a cat named Louie.

    Honeycombs and Hot Dogs

    by  • May 18, 2013 • Math • 0 Comments

    I came across this NPR article by Robert Krulwich, called “What Is It About Bees And Hexagons?,” and I got totally sucked in to the comment thread. The more I read, the cooler it seemed, and the more I wanted to build these things and teach my kids about them. Each cell starts out looking something...

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    by  • May 10, 2013 • Math • 0 Comments

    I have posted a bunch of lessons that have an opening prompt, but little direction. Linked to those prompts are scaffolded lessons. The passwords are listed parenthetically on the main menu pages (e.g. Algebra21). This strategy allows teachers to control when (if) students get the scaffolded versions.

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    Great Day at CCSU

    by  • May 9, 2013 • Math • 0 Comments

    A heartfelt thanks to Dan Grenier and the rest of the CTEAA Board for inviting me to speak at the “STEM Initiatives: What’s Working?” conference. I saw fellow educators from many different chapters in the book of my math education history – what fun! It was also great to meet new people and to...

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    Math Anxiety Relief

    by  • May 6, 2013 • Math • 1 Comment

    I met a kindred spirit at the Connecticut Student Innovation Expo on Saturday! His name is Professor Charles Paulsen, he’s a retired mechanical engineer, and he’s just written a book entitled, “Math Anxiety Relief for Nearly Everyone.” I’ve started reading it, and it looks really promising. I’ll report back again, but, in the meantime, check it...

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