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September 1, 2006 was the start of an entirely new career for me. Retiring in 2006 meant it was thirty years since completing my doctorate (1976) and having lived an incredible career at UCLA involving the future:  thinking about it, teaching about it, designing (and building) a building for it.  That career was my trip to the moon!  Now I'm on a trip to Mars! Retiring I turned my time and energy toward doing something I really enjoy doing: teaching young children mathematics! As a bonus, I was invited to write a book about how to teach math problem solving.

My (on-going) life as a husband, father, grandfather and community member

My (retired) life as a Math coach

Book coverIn October 2006, I started teaching Math Olympiad enrichment classes twice each week to 4th and 5th grade students at Linwood E. Howe Elementary, a Title 1 school that serves a broad cross section of eastern Culver City.  In October 2018, the Math Olympiad organization (MOEMS) published my book, Teaching Mathematical Problem Solving, which reflected the vast amount of learning and experience gained in the intervening 12 years.  Retirement could not be more fun!!!
The book was the next step in a journey, in large part with my friend and collaborator Ruth Sabean, through the world of mathematical teaching and programs. In March, 2008 I organized a Los Angeles County-wide Math Olympiad Tournament, which is now an annual event involving 36 five-person teams of 4th and 5th grade students.  Over 30 different elementary school participate. In 2010 I started teaching a "Math4Parents" class for the elementary school parents. In September, 2012, I introduced my "legacy" project, extending the Math Olympiad via Mathlete Clubs to the other four Culver City elementary schools. This project included three days of professional development each year on teaching the very challenging math word problems for the new math coaches. In Fall 2014, Culver School District adopted Cognitive Guided Instruction as the pedagogical approach to teaching mathematics.  I was thrilled as this approach, in large part, reflected my educational philosophy and what I had been doing in the classroom for years:  guiding learning through the asking of question rather  than giving answers. In Fall 2015 I once again taught a parent class, but this time to introduce them to CGI.   The web page Math Enrichment Directory catalogs my work related to all these activities through May 2015.
At the 2015 and 2016 Math tournaments I was asked about doing a training session for the coaches.  In June 2016, I did a three-day teacher workshop on teaching problem solving.  In July 2016, MOEMS offered me a contract for a book on teaching problem solving.  That year Ruth and I did four more workshops and experimented with a variety of idea. We created an Instructional Guide for teachers which provided tools for analyzing where a problem is difficult and worksheets to guide students in developing mathematical thinking. We signed the contract with MOEMS in July, 2017 and summarized why we wrote the book in the preface

My (former) professional life at UCLA Anderson School

The most amazing aspect of my life right now (2018), is that it is like the person who lived my former life was some one other than me.  I've selected the links below as they give a good overall picture of my time at UCLA.

You can reach me via email at jfrand@ucla.edu
First homepage created September 15, 1996
updated March 30, 2019