Fri, Oct 05, 2018
Here are the slides from the talk. Thanks to the people who decided to be with me instead of seeing all those other awesome people who were presenting at the same time slot. [iframe src=”″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”] At the end of the talk we all brainstormed a few more ideas which are in the presentation, but I thought I would also post here: Upshot New York Times What's going on with this graph Gapminder ted talk Dollar Street Spurious Correlations Opportunity Atlas – NPR Article about it Read the full post...
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Thu, Aug 30, 2018
“Let them do it.” This was the constant mantra that Joe a retired NYC math teacher turned math coach repeated often to me during the classroom management struggles of my third year. At the time I was hoping to write material relevant to my South Bronx classroom by pulling from a different textbooks and 2007-era Google searches. Joe followed a similar routine when he made material to teach his East Harlem population using whatever people used in the early 90s. He quickly noticed something off about my tasks that I wouldn't realize until after a few months working together. My efforts to control student behavior had seeped into a lot of the work that I had them do. Students weren't doing the work of solving real problems, or making real connections with their prior math knowledge. Instead they were walking down these narrow pathways of my own thinking. That's Read the full post...
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Tue, Aug 21, 2018
August days are good for planning the next school year, and binge watching episodes out of procrastination. I'm convinced Bon Appétit's “Gourmet makes” show helps you accomplish both. The fast-paced ~15 min episodes are excellent for binge walking, but also are ideal models of an inquiry-based STEM design challenges. In watching ALL of the episodes while waiting for toddlers to go to sleep, I couldn't help thinking that each is a good example of a design challenge, the challenge being how do you use regular kitchen ingredients and techniques to recreate classic junk foods like Oreos, Gushers, and Kit Kats. The show follows the pastry chef Claire as she goes through an arc that look like a STEAM Inquiry. Specifically, it seems to line up with Stanford Design School's 5 basic modes of design thinking Empathize – Define – Ideate – Prototype – Test. The first step empathize happens as Read the full post...
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Sun, Aug 05, 2018
I was super lucky to do the Reimagining High School Math morning session with Sadie Estrella. This session first came to be with a conversation on the eve of the TMC deadline. We spent the next 20 minutes polishing up a draft proposal. A few weeks later we found out we were accepted and we started planning. As we started to plan we had one overarching goal: to have people leave prepared to DO something. Reaching that goal meant a few things would have to happen. Participants would have to talk honestly about their schools or districts and what needed to be reimagined there. Everyone's school is different, and we'd find it impossible to predict what changes were needed in each school. Schools are also full of people, and any change is going to involve getting people on board. This meant that we wanted people to practice the experience of pitching their Read the full post...
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Tue, Aug 09, 2016
One of the reasons I haven't kept up with blogging is because I always want to wait until I have the final, perfect draft before I post to my blog. But the thing is, I never have final perfect drafts of anything. So I have to get over that. What I do have is a lot of decent ideas and thoughts in the Notes App in my iPhone. Yesterday, as I pushed my five-month-old around the neighborhood, I wrote out 4 goals for this school year in my Note as she slept. Now mind you, this is a draft. But the beauty of sharing it before it's finalized is that I can get feedback from all the (zero) folks reading my blog. So what I have here are my goals and shorter “titles” for the goals. Neither is an expanded version of the goal, but if I wait until Read the full post...
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