Teaching math has changed over the years

Over the last 25 years, Sturgeon Bay math teacher Cliff Wind has seen many changes to the ways students best learn and grow. Technology has developed in a way that has simplified problems that were extremely difficult during Wind's school days and early teaching years, especially with the advancement of more complex calculators that can create graphs and solve complex formulas. However, Wind said despite the improvements technology can provide, he has had to limit its use for practical reasons. On occasion, he still requires students to learn how to do most problems without the aid of a calculator to keep them from becoming overreliant on it. He also does so to prepare them for the most advanced classes Sturgeon Bay has to offer. Wind also said math has become much less about the individual and has developed more of a group focus in his years as a teacher.

Aside from teaching during the normal school day, Wind coaches the Sturgeon Bay math team that competes in the Packerland Conference. The team recently won its second conference meet by a wide margin, with Sturgeon Bay competitors taking home 65 percent of the individual medals. The team has also won 17 straight conference championships.

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