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....

Growth and Humility

Arrogance sits at the core of traditional education. The idea that the teacher knows something and the student needs to understand it. One sees this arrogance in many traditional classrooms; an authoritarian adult keeps children in an orderly array and provides tasks...

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,...

NCTM Conference 2017 – Tips

In 2009, I had almost completed my second year of teaching, trudging toward the CST state-wide test in a small charter school in Pomona. The ruthless ass-kicking that was my first year as a [terrible] teacher was replaced with the draconian rule of a plucky...

Taking a Cut at the Mullet Ratio

The following is a guest post written by Dianna Gallagher. Links and formatting added by me, all else is her work, including the cute pun in the title and this entire Google Drive folder. Enjoy. Hi! I’ve been asked by Matt, a guy I sort of met virtually last month, to...