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On my journey and the mathematicians beyond white dudes initiative
At the end of last school year, I did a lot of soulsearching. 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
Posted in book, mathematics, philosophy, reflection
Tagged equity, mathematicians beyond white dudes, race, representation
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I had an unforgettable 7th period class today
I had an unforgettable 7th period class today. And it had nothing to do with mathematics. The kids walk in. I assign seats every Monday using popcicle sticks, so they each grab one and make their way to their new … Continue reading
PD with Dan, creating intellectual need
This past week was workshop #2 with Dan Meyer, who was invited by the NYCDOE to conduct a threepart PD series. It’s not every day that you get to attend a workshop with him, so I’ve decided to capture each of my experiences. More on workshop … Continue reading
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Tagged aspirin, calculation, communcation, dan meyer, Guershon Harel, headache, intellectual need, paper disease
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Random groupings
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
Posted in philosophy, reflection, strategy
Tagged collaboration, group, groupings, popsicle sticks, random groups
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Hey, instructional routines, where are you?
This is my midyear wake up call. At the beginning of the school year I developed some goals. They were ambitious, to say the least. It was around the start of December that I realized how unreasonable my expectations were for 201617. I’ve been … Continue reading
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Tagged connecting representations, contemplate then calculate
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