Dear Erin

What follows is an email I sent back to Erin, a teacher who read the book and this blog and rightfully had some questions. I (and John) are thrilled that Classroom Chef has opened us to have these conversations more often.   Hi, Erin. I’ve been sitting on...

Conflicting Values

Dear Claire, I drafted this post, but never published it last week. This was a week of transitions, one in which I was very thankful for this blog, twitter, and my wife as a sounding board. On Monday, the air-conditioning in room 908 still wasn’t fixed, and the...

Appetizers Take A Long Time

Dear Claire, For the last three weeks, we’ve started class each day with an Appetizer; something quick and accessible to every student to get the math juices flowing. Last week’s Visual Pattern was a textbook example of how I hope Appetizers get students...

Back To School Night – 2016

Dear Claire, Wow, that last post came out much darker than the week felt. There was plenty of good stuff, even some times where I was laughing out loud while students were learning. One of the highlights from Week Two was: Back to School Night I found your old...

Visual Patterns – Week 2

Dear Claire, I stumbled (re-stumbled?) upon Fawn’s post about the first two days. Sprinkled with her usual wit and ornery┬ácharm, the visual pattern process struck me, especially since we’re hitting that hard next week as we “create equations and...