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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap

I know that there is no mathematical proof that everything happens for a reason, but if I strive to make meaning, I can reimagine the low moments of my life as gifts that took a long time to unwrap and comprehend. Three and a half years ago one cleat of a junior track racer came…

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Confirmation of my math education dreams came in an unexpected place last weekend. I sat cross legged in the doorway of my niece’s dance studio, thinking that she had grown up so much since my last visit home. Six years old, and dressed in pink leggings and leotard, she tried to coordinate her legs while…

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The comments made about minority voters and women by people who are disappointed that Romney lost are likely to further distance these groups from the Republican Party. They make me think about my students who are, to me, the faces of minority voters. I believe that my students, despite their critics, do want to grow…

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As I read comments on stories about Hurricane Sandy, I see people understanding that even hard-working people can be thrust into situations that they need help to resolve. My favorite comment pointed out that even “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” Republican’s along the wealthy Jersey Shore have asked the federal government for help because…

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Ahh… October. The month that I lost my voice and was delighted to stay at home and read, and relax and ride my bike because my classroom was such a disaster. October, the month I wished that I would get mono so that I’d have an excuse to give up for more than a few…

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My mom sent me a note saying “Being in the right place at the right time is Karma.” The following photo was enclosed. This afternoon I stopped to listen to a man asking for donations for refugees in Somalia. After I agreed to contribute I was blessed with a story that resolved some of my…

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Oct 23 2012

Dreams of Being Who I’m Meant to Be

I want to write a book. My adviser says to finish my dissertation first. And that would be safe, and prudent and probably it will get done before a book will be polished. But part of me thinks that now, in graduate school, with control of my schedule, is the time to do it. But,…

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It appears that the public’s interest in explosive, dramatic winners, almost guaranteed that the best known cycling legend of our time would also be a doper and a liar. I can’t imagine a scenario where a cyclist could have become as well loved as Lance with a charity as successful as Lance’s without the expectation-defying…

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I keep putting off homework to read more news on Lance Armstrong. I’m not surprised by the doping evidence so I think that the story interests me because it wrestles with some of the big questions I’ve asked again and again as a cyclist and as a educator. Is ambition good? Does it always come…

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Khan has some fantastic ideas about distributing education using technology and is good at mathematics. However, when I watch his videos on topics such as slope and proportions, I can see that they are likely to promote the same misconceptions that are widely documented in math education literature. I don’t take offense to the ideas…

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