Hello (again) World

I mostly lurk in the #MathematicsTwitterBlogOSphere. One of the takeaways from a conference that I lurked at from afar was Carl Oliver’s idea that we need to #PushSend. So many of us (and I see this at my school) have perfectionist tendencies and need to have the perfect blog created before we publish it. When we should really just #PushSend and send it out into the world.

I am writing again with support from the Knowles Teacher Initiative. I spent 2 days this summer (which now seems ages ago) with a group of once-beginning mathematics and science teachers thinking about what writing about teaching means. This, combined with my typical dragging-of-feet for an inquiry story that I had to write, brought me to the realization that the best way to get over dragging my feet is to write a horrible, horrible draft, then revise it several times.

So that’s what I’m doing. Now that school is up and running, I’m making myself sit down once a month and draft/revise a quick blogpost about what I’m thinking about. One of the questions I find myself returning to is “What do teachers know that they wish other people knew?” And I think quite a few posts will focus on that. 

Other possible things that may appear here:

  • Thoughts on teacher education
  • Teaching and identity
  • Supporting emerging multilingual students (Rochelle Gutiérrez’s amazing term for English Language Learners)
  • Socioemotional learning
  • What does student support look like?
  • What is coding?

Articles so far:

August: Terrified of Summer School: Have I lost my ability to teach 9th and 10th graders?

September: Relative Freedom, Heavy Support: direction versus facilitation.

October: Just Enough Constant Change: Living and dying by Google Calendar.

November: I Teach Independent PE?: The classes I get assigned to teach.

December: Loving Portfolios, Tolerating Logistics: The (very basic) logistics of performance-based assessment from outside of the classroom.

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