A consolidation of  all my Exeter Posts.


1. The beginning, I started at  TwitterMathCamp by working Exeter problems in groups of math teachers.
My thoughts on #TMC12 & overcoming myself – There are only a small amount of Exeter thoughts in this post, spread throughout the days covered.

2. After working with an Exeter Instructor for 4 days in August, I seriously started to reflect and post about the experience. I quickly realized that we, as public school teachers, have a problem. This is the first substantive Exeter post.

3. Then I discuss some of the pedagogy I found throughout the Exeter problem sets. They are not random collections of problems, but well designed and thought-out pedagogically designed problems.

4. Next, an examination of an activity and extension of the activity into later stages of algebra 1. It uses the pythagorean theorem, geoboards, squares, triangles, parallelograms and finally vectors. Very awesome activity.

5. The Exeter Problem Solving method is called “Guess & Check.” I don’t use that language in the post until the end because they mean something very, very specific by it.

6. Exeter has a very flexible system to assess, place and progress learners. Why don’t we in the public schools? What do we need to do?

7. The Exeter Instructor allowed me to post a few assessments from Math 1. In this post you will find the old Math 1 exams with some comments.

8. Every year, the Exeter writing committee sits down and reviews the problems and constructs a commentary on the problems. These commentaries are what is used to influence the teaching of the material the next year, as well as guide the next year’s materials.

9. A full year of the Exeter material, from Placement test to Commentary. All the files from the previous posts collected in one easy spot for downloading.

10. A discussion of the treatment of linear equations and the difference between the training I have had the methods Exeter uses.

OpusMath did a post about Exeter mathematics and drew from what I have posted. I wanted to link to it because they had some great insights and a unique way of explaining the benefits of different aspects of the Exeter curriculum.

11. WCWDWT in public schools; a project I have undertaken to align Exeter Math 1 with CCSS and keywords.

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  5 Responses to “Exeter”

  1. I am enjoying reading your Exeter posts. I am the math dept chair of a suburban Chicago high school. Would you be able to send me the problem set commentaries that you used to have a link to on your website? Thank you so much!

  2. Hi! I am a 2nd-year math teacher (4th career after 30+ yrs in business) interested in using the Harkness method with our urban students in Boston (50% African-American; 40% Hispanic). Two questions:

    1) Do you know of any urban schools using Harkness?

    2) How are you doing at finding or creating a searchable database of “Exeter-like” math problems, sorted by CCSSM standards?

    Thanks for any advice you may have on these two questions. If you wish to respond by email, I am at (email deleted by Glenn)

  3. Glenn,
    We are at the front end of transitioning to Integrated Math and so at the beginning of the textbook adoption process. I’d like Exeter to be in the running, but need to document it’s alignment to the CCSS. I’d love not to reinvent the wheel if you or anyone else has made that progress….. Worth asking, yes?

  4. Glenn,
    I am a newer teacher than you (this is only my second year in the classroom). Our district is in the process of making the decision to transition to Integrated Math and beginning the process of textbook adoption. I’d like Exeter to be in the running, but need to demonstrate its alignment with CCSS. In the interest of not reinventing the wheel, I wanted to check in with you to see if you’ve made progress on that front.

  5. It’s been a year since this discussion was active, but I’m curious to know if anybody has made any headway with alignment to CCSS… I’ve been going through Exeter Math 2 packet quantifying each problem as to where it would fit in a non-integrated curriculum and it’s a serious time suck, I would love it if somebody else has already done this…

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