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About Jeff

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Jeff Todd, has been a teacher since 1995. He lives in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts where he has taught grades 5 to 12 and worked with math teachers from all grades in a K to 8 School. Known as Dr. Todd to his students, he completed his Doctoral Work in Math Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His dissertation focused on lesson planning and its links to student achievement.

Jeff likes to think of teaching as an art as much as a science. With a visual orientation to mathematics, he focuses on the use of multiple representations in class. He likes a good story and believes in finding connections between math and literature, math and the media, math and science, math and history… anything with math in it!

Outside of teaching Jeff has many interests and activities ranging from running an after school chess club, participating in musical theater as a technical director, stage managing for large conferences, and co-directing a worship band for his church.

WELCOME TO THE BLOG

I am so glad that you found this blog among all the possible sites you might have landed on through the Internet, and I hope you keep with me as we continue to develop the blog. What you will find here is a collection of standards-based activities, thoughts on lesson planning, trends in K–­­8 mathematics teaching and learning, a focus on the mathematical practice standards, and connections to children’s literature that can be paired with math lessons.

In addition, I will connect strategies for teaching to important best practices and links to research such as Bloom’s revised taxonomy, Van Hiel’s levels of geometrical reasoning, Gagne’s ideas of task analysis, Piaget’s constructivist approach to knowledge. Though this blog is not about the theory, it is so important to connect theory to practice. In my own teaching, it is reassuring that when I have a teachable moment in a class, that I can use some tried and true researched-based practices waiting to jump into motion.

That being said, I hope that this blog will also have a fun side. My tone in talking with my colleagues is a little less formal. I hope that’s how you find this blog, like a conversation with the teacher in the next room over. I certainly hope to hear from you in your side of the conversation. What works for you? What do you think would be a great idea for the blog? What did you think of the downloads? How can this blog better serve you? Please take the time to share your valuable thoughts.