Betsy Who? Why do I care?

Today, the Senate voted 50-50 to confirm Betsy Devos as secretary of Education. It was so close and so contested that VP Mike Pence was brought in to cast the final vote. Maybe you’re not a teacher; here’s why you should still care and what that means for...

Ten, Twelve, Ten

Dear Claire, This year marks my 10th in education. While the path of an educator’s career is murky and uncertain, I feel quite content with what I’ve accomplished in ten years. Rather than listing the recent wins (see the class Twitter feed and mine for...

Tiny Polka Dots

My daughter, Pickle,* and I got a package in the mail today. Developed by MathForLove, it was a kickstarter… like… nine months ago, and it arrived today. Immediately, (after we clocked the little brother with the box, denied it, got sent to time-out,...

Port in a Storm

Real talk: Autumn has been crazy in the Vaudrey household. Between prepping for CMC-South, traveling the country to talk about math education, and moving my family across town, this li’l blog has been neglected. The next several posts in the #DearClaire series...

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...