Forums

You've probably noticed some changes here at the blog. I decided to go through the hassle of moving platforms for one big reason: forums. Wordpress.com doesn't support the use of forums, and I wanted forums very, very badly. I think it's worth telling you why. The value of any professional ...
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The Book

You can now take a look at what I've been up to since 2011. The preview for Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had: Ideas and Strategies from Vibrant Classrooms is live. You can flip through the whole book, if you like, before deciding whether it's a good fit for ...
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Intuition, nudges, and other thoughts after Asilomar

I got to make my first trip to Asilomar this weekend. The first of many, I hope. I found CMC-N to be just as warm and retreat-like as people have described. It's a special conference in a beautiful place with great people. What more can you ask for? I launched ...
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Springboarding

I had a great time at the California Math Council (South) conference in Palm Springs a few weeks ago. I went to lots of super talks, but the two that have stayed with me the most were Ruth Parker's and Megan Franke's. I'm still mulling over both, and want to ...
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How Not To Start Math Class in the Fall

My girls started school yesterday. Fourth and second grade. No idea how that happened!  Today, on the second day of school, each kid had her first day of math, which she spent taking a math test. By their descriptions, the tests were typical, elementary school, beginning-of-year-diagnostics: lots of questions, a whole random collection of content, ...
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Twitter Math Camp Keynote

I was honored to be one of the keynotes for this year's Twitter Math Camp (#TMC16). For those of you who are unfamiliar, TMC is a conference organized by (secondary) math teachers for math teachers, and it is a truly remarkable and inspiring thing. I have a lot to process ...
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Extending the Book Experience?

By now you've probably heard about ShadowCon, the mini-conference hosted by Zak Champagne, Mike Flynn, and Dan Meyer. One of the governing principles of ShadowCon is that the organizers want to "extend the conference experience." To this end, talks are videoed and put on a website where people can watch them ...
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Straight but Wiggled

I visited a first grade last week, and the teacher asked me to take over an already-in-progress Which One Doesn't Belong? (#wodb) conversation with a small group. She'd chosen this image, shape 2 from Mary Bourassa at wodb.ca. I'd heard the last couple of comments, and noticed kids were referring to these shapes rectangle, ...
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Ignite!

I gave my first Ignite! talk in San Francisco. I was super honored to be asked, especially given what a Math Forum fangirl I am. The lineup was AMAZING. I hope you'll watch all the talks. An Ignite! talk has a unique format: 5 minutes, 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide ...
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Talking Math in Ghirardelli Square

My stellar week of NCSM/NCTM fun ended with my family flying to San Francisco for a weeklong holiday. We started out at the Embarcadero, and ended up in Ghirardelli Square. We were sitting on a bench, eating our hot fudge sundaes, when my husband, Sam, started talking about the sale on big ...
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