When it comes to math education, we all want the same thing: students who are confident critical thinkers and problem solvers. Unfortunately, the classroom is often dominated by teaching models that overemphasize hitting benchmarks and proceeding to the next topic, leaving us with students who misunderstand math and feel intimidated by it. These models treat students like machines, and grades serve as markers reflecting how well the machines are operating.
The Mona Lisa is surprisingly, almost shockingly, small. Yet its far-reaching influence has made it synonymous with greatness. “Well, that painting is good, but I mean, it’s not the Mona Lisa,” the armchair art critic will opine. Upon seeing it for the first time in real life, some observers remark with puzzlement and a hint of disappointment: “That’s it? Huh.”
Jenny Stallworth is a dynamo of an educator. She has taught almost all STEM subjects, homeschooled her four children from Pre-K through middle school, and written curriculum for STEMscopes Math and STEMscopes Science over the past six years. Now she has added to her glowing resume by contributing to the development of STEMscopes’ first-ever middle school math curriculum.