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 charm, the visual pattern process struck me, especially since we’re hitting that hard next week as we “create equations and...

My Three Friends

Dear Claire, I’ve recently become re-acquainted with three friends. Since I left the classroom, my three friends and I haven’t talked as much. We just… had less common ground; the time together got more cumbersome and more full of awkward silence....

First Day of School 2016

Teaching two periods of Integrated Math I while Claire Verti takes maternity leave, these are my public letters to her, as part of a 12-week series. Hopefully, she starts a blog when she returns. Dear Claire, I’m sweaty. The air conditioning went out around...

Setting Someone Else’s Table

Dear Claire, Yesterday was great. I had forgotten how fantastic it feels to put on some loud music and move furniture. That’s not to say that I’m glad your entire class was boxed up and moved to the middle of the room; that was… not ideal. But it...

Weak Teaching Muscles

Dear Claire, Thank you for being so willing to let me be your long-term sub while you’re out on Maternity leave. Of course, I’ll work closely with Adriana to keep our lessons and class culture consistent, something that you can swiftly absorb when you...