Match Fishtank Blog

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

Coming Soon: New and Updated Units for Middle School English

July 8, 2020

Curriculum Director Caroline Gambell shares her thoughts on two new units will join our Middle School English curriculum for the coming school year—Expressing Yourself: Women in the Arts and Claiming Our Place: Queer Experiences in the United States.


Why Literature and Science & Social Studies Are Now Living Side by Side

July 8, 2020

Our Literature units and our Science & Social Studies units for Kindergarten through 5th grade are now living cozily side by side. Find out why we made the move in this post.

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.