MATCH FISHTANK BLOG

Learn about our curriculum, take a deep dive into some of its features, and much more.

What Makes a Good Math Problem?

by Kate Gasaway

June 23, 2020

While flawed problems have unique weaknesses, we have some theories on four unifying characteristics of good math problems: clarity, diagnosticity, tractability, and joy.

Take a deep dive into these facets with before and after examples of each essential attribute.

The Problem with Some Problems

May 18, 2020

Math teachers know that not all problems are great problems. The not-so-great problems might lack clarity, fail to engage the skills they're meant to target, or demonstrate cultural tone-deafness. Take a look at how 5 problems went from “so-so” to “spot-on”.

What Teach for America Taught Us

May 5, 2020

Three members of the Fishtank curriculum team spent their formative teaching years as Teach for America corps members. Here they share the high points, the struggles, and how their time in the classroom informs their approach to creating the Fishtank curriculum.

Supporting Independent Math Work

by Kate Gasaway

April 27, 2020

10 tips to help you build independent math assignments that make remote learning more like in-class learning.

Fishtank (Remote) Teacher Spotlight: Alyssa Mayer

April 20, 2020

Our Fishtank Teacher Spotlight with Alyssa Mayer, who teaches 5th grade at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy in Champaign, Illinois. Like many teachers across the country, Alyssa is currently teaching her class remotely while her school is closed, in accordance with the state’s stay-at-home order.

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