Author Archives: brian

Why am I all about chalk and t-shirts this summer?

I need to let this out of the bag. This summer, I have had two things on my mind more than they probably should be: using sidewalk chalk buying t-shirts Why? Hang on. First here’s some of what I’ve done … Continue reading

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#blackbrillance + social justice + problem-based learning

One of my summer reads has been The Brilliance of Black Children in Mathematics by Jacqueline Leonard and Danny B. Martin (inspired by Annie Perkins). I’m almost three-quarters of the way through it. It is rather dense because it’s packed with … Continue reading

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Teaching & parenthood

At day 2 of the MfA Summer Think yesterday, there was a teacher poetry circle. The following was the result of the free write at the end. Early in my teaching career I never thought that about being a parent. … Continue reading

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End of the 2017-18 school year

Another school year in the books. As with each passing year, a lot happened in 2017-18. Bullet points seem appropriate. First and foremost, my adventures with problem-based learning took up most of my mental real estate. That journey deserved its … Continue reading

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PBL v2

So my yearlong experiment with problem-based learning has concluded. After attending Exeter Math Institute last summer, I decided to overthrow my units and use problems as the foundation of how my kids learned each day. Throughout the course of the … Continue reading

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