(Update 5/25/21: The window for the interest form is closed. However, be sure to follow this blog for updates on the cohort as well as other assessment commentary.) The tl;dr version: I'm seeking secondary teachers interested in designing and implementing a portfolio system of assessment in their class. Interest form link below. I’m currently wrapping … Continue reading Interest in a Virtual Math Portfolio Assessment Cohort for 2021-2022

## Pastoral Care for Pre-Service Teachers

Schools and teachers have no incentives to foster a nurturing atmosphere for student teachers. Unless the school expects to hire the student teacher, there’s no inherent reason for a school to particularly care whether or not the student teacher makes education a lifelong passion or if they burn out and never even enter the profession. … Continue reading Pastoral Care for Pre-Service Teachers

## Implicit Bias and the NFL Draft: Are Teams Under Drafting Non-White Quarterbacks?

The 2021 NFL Draft is next week. And, as is often the case, quarterbacks are expected to be drafted highly and dominate the narrative. In a game with 22 starters (plus kickers and punters!) quarterbacks routinely dominate the top selections of the NFL Draft. And it makes sense. If you land a quality quarterback, you’re … Continue reading Implicit Bias and the NFL Draft: Are Teams Under Drafting Non-White Quarterbacks?

## “Nathan For You” is here to fix businesses, rate of work problems

"Nathan For You" is a docu-series on Comedy Central (episodes available on Hulu) in which comedian and Canadian good-grades-getter Nathan Fielder "fixes" business by suggesting out of the box ideas to bring in new customers. These ideas includes amping up the scariness of a haunted house by telling the attendees they've contracted a fatal airborne … Continue reading “Nathan For You” is here to fix businesses, rate of work problems

## Spring, Broken

On March 11, 2020, the National Basketball Association halted the season due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The cessation in play occurred soon after the cancellation of a game between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City due to a positive test from one of the Jazz players. Only five days prior the entire state of … Continue reading Spring, Broken

## The next steps in classroom conversation orchestration

I’m currently rereading Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions by Smith and Stein (2011) as part of a book study with a school. I’ve always appreciated this book as a great stepping stone from a classroom where the teacher is the ultimate knower of math to a classroom where students construct their own understanding. … Continue reading The next steps in classroom conversation orchestration

## A couple of lessons from a semester of Math Education PhD coursework

I’m nearing the end of my first semester as a PhD student in Math education. Of the many lessons and content I learned over the past few months, I’d like to share two (for now). Lesson 1) There is a much richer scholarship and history of social justice in math education research than you’d think … Continue reading A couple of lessons from a semester of Math Education PhD coursework

## Your cultural lexicon: who’s “in” and who’s “out”

In one of my recent classes, we had a guest speaker. The speaker was a Black professor of math education. She spoke of one of her favorite high school math classes and math teachers. He was a white Calculus teacher. She loved that class and thought he was a phenomenal instructor. However, she mentioned that … Continue reading Your cultural lexicon: who’s “in” and who’s “out”

## A protocol for emerging bilingual problem solvers: a reflection on Kitchen (2014)

(Note: this blog post is cross-posted in my weekly page of doctoral musings (Week 5). If you're interested in the journey or random insights from research, be sure to check those out. In this case I found the research article eminently practical so I figured it'd be worth posting on the BLOG blog.) Of all … Continue reading A protocol for emerging bilingual problem solvers: a reflection on Kitchen (2014)

## Math Bootcamp Mini-Series Part 5: Putting it all together. Additional nuts & bolts and an example syllabus.

In this miniseries we’ve covered how to promote and incorporate diverse identities into your syllabus, ways to promote a myriad of types of mathematical thinking, how to establish and teach norms, and laying out the year in a Hilbertian “challenge problem” style. Now we’re going to put it all together. I’ll give some additional suggestions … Continue reading Math Bootcamp Mini-Series Part 5: Putting it all together. Additional nuts & bolts and an example syllabus.