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...

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?...