STARSHIP MATHEMATICA: Mr. Ryan Glass teaches algebra to 10th grade students in the South Bronx. His pedagogical approach is all about personal mastery learning--where students can move at their own pace. His tactic is spaced out--literally. Assignments and content are delivered and archived on this Google site called "Mathematica," named for a spaceship. (He's got some handy Google search techniques there, too.) "Orbit" assignments weave together foundational skills with video, 21st century skills and some summative assessments. "My students accept my craziness and enjoy entering the alternate universe of algebra as a break from their other classes!" he writes. But the goal will be familiar: to help every student be successful.

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