Feelings and Whiteness

There’s a great chance I’m doing this wrong. Let me know in the comments.   Since I was young, I’ve been hit harder by feelings than most of my peers. Whenever schoolyard talk got heated, I’d burst into tears and be unable to complete a...

How I MTBoS [Part 3]

Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Lane Walker tweeted earlier this week. As in any group freely organized, #MTBoS is defined by those within it. #iteachmath https://t.co/O8qXq1F4fY — Lane Walker (@LaneWalker2) August 3, 2017 She’s not the first to posit that the...

I belong. You do, too. [Part 2]

Part 1 here. The last day of Twitter Math Camp (yes, that’s a real thing), I sat next to Ellen, who had just finished her first year of teaching. We watched [keynote speaker] Carl Oliver show data about how the Math Twitter Blogosphere (#MTBoS) has grown and...

What is a Mitt Boss? [Part 1]

  It’s exciting (and a little weird) to subscribe to a group with no membership dues. To say, “I’m a part of this group that has no mission statement and no list of members and no president,” is to place on one’s chest a badge written in another language, and be...

Greener Grass

What gets measured… gets noticed. Told to me by the first administrator I had who was data-crazy, and she was mostly correct, with one tweak: What gets affirmed… gets encouraged You want more high-fives? Start giving high-fives. You want students talking?...

Teaching is Mistakes

One of my favorite teachers is Alicia Saldana. She teaches some of the most needy students in the school and requests to have them every year. She sometimes shares brain-dumps with me, and it’s my privilege to learn from her. This is what she sent me recently....

When Twitter Ain’t Enough

There are dozens of math teachers that I admire from afar, many of whom converged on San Antonio this week for NCTM. I got to sit at the feet of these – my teacher-crushes – and hear firsthand what they may not share in print. That’s the point of conferences,...