Category Archives: philosophy

On my journey and the mathematicians beyond white dudes initiative

At the end of last school year, I did a lot of soul-searching. In the midst of finalizing where I was going to teach beginning this year, I found myself reevaluating many of the core values that I hold as a teacher. … Continue reading

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I recently had an epiphany. It came from Ilana Seidal Horn. I was reading her book, Strength in Numbers, and she was addressing status in the classroom. Her definition is status is the perception of students’ academic ability and social … Continue reading

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A teacher’s dilemma: taking risks beyond the elimination answer choice C

We ask teachers to embrace change, and the pressure on teachers is not to take risks but to march whatever children they can, lockstep, toward higher standardized test scores. – Robert P Moses, Radical Equations (p. 126) Thanks to a recent … Continue reading

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Be careful what you ask for

It’s the beginning of the year and Jimmy is a student in your algebra 2 class. Your colleague down the hall, Mr. Math, taught Jimmy geometry last year. At some point during the beginning of the year, you and Mr. Math … Continue reading

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New year, new school, new me

The next chapter of my career begins next week. I’ll be teaching at a new school. After a rewarding ten year tenure at my previous school, I made the decision to start anew. The move needed to happen for several reasons, both … Continue reading

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