Differentiation and Risk

Hey, Ashley! Thanks for sharing those links, and I’m sorry it took so long for me to get around to reading them. I’m somewhere over Phoenix on my way to Detroit, so I have some down time. And Southwest Airlines internet is just fast enough to load those...

To Airica

To Airica Yanez of Moreno Valley USD: Someone asked recently about co-teaching models. I figured now was a good time to describe (publicly) the year of teaching when I grew the most, and I have you to thank for pushing me to grow as an educator. Maybe it was our...

We’re The Same

On a Tuesday in April last year, I meandered into Ms. V’s class, just to hang out. She called on volunteers and non-volunteers, encouraged group work, spoke in a fair, respectful tone, and was generally an excellent teacher for the entire 53 minutes. Later, when...

Pattern Play Pedagogy

  A month ago, I wrote about my comfort with my daughter doing something imperfectly. An update happened this week that I want to share with you:   Pickle’s birthday was last month, and she was gifted (along with lots of glitter and pink crap) the box...

Looming Obsolescence

  “This technology stuff is really… it’s quite a learning curve.” Sandra1 called our office with a few weird Chromebook occurrences, so Patrick and I went to her class. After 20 minutes of troubleshooting (as she guided her students in...

Aminals

If you follow my escapades on Twitter, you know that I have a 4.9-year-old daughter named Pickle. (Seen here, age 2.7) Pickle, how many cars do you have? P: Five! Let’s count them. P: Otay! 1-2-3-4! How many are there? P: Five!#tmwyk pic.twitter.com/MKO1EguIag —...

Jasper or Learning is Hard

Earlier this year, my department adopted a new data-tool. It generates lovely reports that teachers and principals can use to understand numbers and stuff.   It’s also super-complicated and the forum is fairly sparse. My search for support also took me to...

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...