Resource Countdown • December 24, 2015

For a tiny bit of background, check out last week’s inaugural “resource” post. Now, on to the countdown! 3… Tweets What's more exciting than Math on a Stick? Hearing @maxmathforum + @mfannie recount how it all began. #nctmregionals https://t.co/G67QXVLk8Q — The Math Forum (@themathforum) December 21, 2015 Look what my principal got me for the holidays! #GotMePegged #MTBoS cc: @Gelada @alexbellos …

Resource Countdown • December 17, 2015

I’d like to try something new on the blog. Throughout the week, I typically stumble across a handful of tweets, blog posts, and activities that catch my eye. I’ll gather than up in a countdown style (the Internet loves a good list, doesn’t it?) and share them here. Every Thursday? Some Thursdays? We’ll see, but I’m hoping for the former. …

Desmos Marbleslides

This week, Desmos released a new activity called Marbleslides. As you might have heard (or seen), it’s delightful: Dan Meyer wrote about the activity on his blog, and our resident wordsmith dropped a marbleslides post on the official Desmos blog. [Psst: If you haven’t played yet, and want to… Go here.] In reflecting on what I love about marbleslides, my thoughts go back to the session Katie Reneau and I co-presented at this year’s …

Instructional Shifts Challenge

I attended CMC North last weekend in Asilomar, CA. Not surprisingly, it was a fantastic conference. From Matt Larson’s opening keynote Friday evening, to Steve Leinwand’s talk on Sunday morning, to all the sessions/ignites/meals/conversations in between, it was an exciting and energizing weekend. Also not surprisingly, I found Steve’s presentation to be a wonderful blend of encouragement, challenge, and inspiration. …

Gearing Up for CMC North 2015

One of my favorite conferences is the one hosted by the California Math Council in Asilomar, CA. This is the first math education conference I started attending regularly, and it’s in one of the most beautiful locations on the planet. I’m presenting twice this year: I’m also co-presenting with a former colleague (Katie Reneau) who did an amazing job presenting at CMC South …

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Time for a #slowmathchat Shift

I’ve shared here on the blog, and also in several recent conference sessions, that Twitter has changed my life. No exaggeration. Not even in the slightest. I’ve heard similar sentiments from quite a few others, including this from John Stevens: @mjfenton from blog posts to new resources to shoulders to lean on, the #MTBoS has done more for my career …

NCTM Nashville 2015

I spent Wednesday through Friday of last week in Nashville, TN for the 2015 NCTM Regional Conference and Exposition. Instead of writing a full-blown recap (bedtime approaches) I’ll simply share a question that’s been on my mind since my return flight touched down in Fresno late Friday night. Okay, it’s not really a question, but a series of questions. Here goes: What …

True Confessions

True confession #1: Twitter changed my life. That may sound strange, considering the following: I generally hate social media. I joined that Facebook thing all you kids talk about all the time, then decided it was a waste and deleted my account. When I first heard about Twitter, I thought, “Who cares what Bieber had for breakfast?!” I didn’t start texting until 2009. When I …

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Hello Again (and Histograms)

Hi there! So I haven’t exactly been pumping out record numbers of blog posts since I shifted from the classroom to my current gig at Desmos. This lack of posts is partially related to general busyness, but it’s also related to this question that I’ve been wrestling with for the past few months: I’m not in the classroom, so… what would I even blog about? Over the past …

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Why Twitter?

Earlier this week, as part of a larger workshop on mathematics and technology, I gave an introduction to Twitter as a digital collaboration playground for educators. I wanted to give my “pitch” using more than my own words, so the night before I posted this: Hey #MTBoS, can you give me 140 characters on how Twitter impacts your teaching life? Gathering responses to …