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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap

Education week recently wrote a glowing article describing a group of hard working and dedicated teachers in Utah who were writing curriculum to promote the Common Core Standards. I absolutely agree with the teachers that many textbook companies are repackaging the same materials they developed before the Common Core Standards without substantially changing the content.…

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My National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Smart Brief just sent me this article about a role-model math teacher. These articles are hand picked to bring me the best of math education. I feel like the person choosing them knows nothing about what it means to teach math meaningfully. The teacher in the article had…

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I told my adviser that I wanted to write a book about learning to teach mathematics meaningfully. He said that sounded great but not to start until after I was done with my dissertation. So my dissertation can’t possibly be about my life-plus somebody already wrote a dissertation about my life as a teacher! So,…

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My life, as anyone who has read my blogs for the last six months knows, took a major turn on February 25th, 2012 because of one loose rock. My friend’s deadly fall in the Grand Canyon, spiraled me into an emotional, reflective time where I was searching for meaning in so many new places. God,…

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Is there a place for the stories of teach for us beyond chronologically organized blogs? Are they important enough to collect, edit and publish? Is there something to learn here? I realized that I have a lot of freedom to take the courses I choose in graduate school because I finished my requirements. I’m wondering…

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The quantitative reasoning conference redefined the notion of what constitutes research by broadening the definition of mathematical experience to include any experience that happens while trying to teach and understand math. I spend most of my time building mental models of student thinking, and constructing logical arguments, yet I know that the forces that kept…

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My yoga teacher spent a lot of time talking about acceptance today-I should accept my body as it is today, take it as far into the pose as I can and not judge myself. I should accept the past because it won’t change. I have particular habits of thinking and acting and being that make…

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Yes, I’ve been doing work in math education. And no, I don’t think that is what I’ll write about. The questions that have plagued me lately are all about Ioana and her life and death. I’m used to having theories, explanations, answers, proofs. Death, to a scientist, seems like such an unanswerable mystery. It’s like…

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Mar 05 2012

Seeing the beauty in the hard times.

I went to yoga today for the first time since Ioana died. I knew something would make me cry in the middle of class before I went. Oh well. It’s where I’m at. The moment I started crying in yoga was the mention of a “shoebox of photographs with sepia-toned loving” in this Jack Johnson…

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Mar 01 2012

Ioana Hociota’s spirt lives on!!!

News stories about my friend’s tragic 300 hundred foot fall in the Grand Canyon fill my facebook news feed. Here is the ABC video. The key point is that she was incredibly experienced and not to blame for her fall-the best I can guess is that she probably stepped on an errant rock that started…

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