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The Mathography

During the first week of school this year I assigned a mathography. It’s essentially a math biography and details one’s relationship and life experiences with math. This was a new idea to me and my colleague Stephanie Murdock put me on … Continue reading

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I have fewer desks than students. On purpose.

There is a growing number of shared public spaces that are popping up all over the world.   Cars, bikes, motorcycles, and pedestrians are forced to govern their own behavior. They have to make eye contact and acknowledge each other’s … Continue reading

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The case for disorder in the classroom

I’m going to go ahead and say it. I think there needs to be more disorder in our classrooms. By disorder, I don’t mean kids throwing chairs and running amok. Instead, I’m thinking about those instances when teachers give students … Continue reading

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Math ed conferences: let’s leave the host city better than we found it

This week at TMCNYC18, I had a very brief conversation with Michael Pershan. It was literally 4 minutes long. While short, it spurred some pretty deep thoughts for me…and a dream. (If you know Michael personally, or read his writing, … Continue reading

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Teaching is personal

We are invited to teach information as though it does not emerge from bodies. ~bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress Often times I hear the phrase, “separate your personal and professional lives.” Of course, this catch-all phrase assumes a dichotomy and that … Continue reading

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