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Mon, Oct 28, 2019
I've been super busy at school and at home so I haven't had time to reflect on my time at NCTM Boston. I had a morning talk doing teaching for social justice in algebra. I have a similar talk to one I gave a year ago and am preparing to shelve. The talk was great, and we created a Google doc full of ideas. [iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vTfGpnritsbjyFahrYf5YzLZs7ham1xDImtHHmeL9NsPFmszPavkMtr30D0Ikmvvp1iK56byd1HhVMK/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”] During a turn-and-talk, I started a conversation with someone sitting alone. They asked me about the Voyage of the Creole project, and how it qualifies as social justice and for a moment I was perplexed. It explores a historical event that illustrates and hopefully humanizes the people who were enslaved in the mid 1800s. The story can be inspiring or contextual for today's society, but it isn't about creating the immediate change today that I imagine this person was asking Read the full post...
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Sun, Oct 06, 2019
I'm a big fan of Freakonomics. I read the book, I've listened to just about every episode, and I've been consistently subscribed to it longer than any other podcast that isn't about math or house music. So I was jazzed when they decided to take on math curriculum. Based on earlier episodes about our political parties, the life of a CEO, and behavioral economics, I was really expecting something amazing. After listening to this episode I came away a little underwhelmed as it went to too little depth so they could support a pretty unoriginal, pre-determined solution. There is a typical line of reasoning proffered by potential education reforms that support their innovations which seems to be used here. It goes like this: Our education system is pictured as old and outdated. The outdated system could be immediately fixed by the new solution. The only thing stopping us from bathing in Read the full post...
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Thu, Aug 22, 2019
Completing this post for The Virtual Conference on Humanizing Mathematics was supposed to be a short evening of writing and turned into a week-long journey. It began while watching the video of Rochelle Gutierrez being interviewed. The whole interview was great, because everything she does is great. However, I had trouble paying attention, as I do when there's a lot going on at school. As she described what teachers need to do, I thought about my teaching and then my school, and then my role in the school this year and without realizing it I was totally lost in my thoughts. During my 4 years as an administrator my mental state is too often in “emergency response” mode. Constant fires to put out, non-stop situations to resolve, so many deadlines looming. Thoughts about all these little emergencies keep popping into mind even when I'm trying to do normal stuff, like Read the full post...
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Thu, Aug 08, 2019
Thanks to everyone who came to my session today. We came up with a lot of ideas for projects and thought even more about how to actually teach them in your classroom. It was a great session and one that I'll continue to think about and would love to talk about more in the comments or on twitter. [iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vRUGR4sPrnKIcOXMeU9oC-iewrLzyqlrH8Nud6M5LJ5gV7VfHpNZyQbbVGHUUK4X_RxSEk-y6rnKanf/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”] One of the questions that came out centered around the teacher, and the dual responsibility they have to 1) teach objective, unbiased information so as not to indoctrinate children and 2) prepare them for the actual world. Because the world is full of so much information, teachers need to select and choose and this selcting and choosing can be viewed as subjective. How do you decide whether something you are doing is subjective or objective? Let's say you want to teach a unit about public health in 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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