I am a fifth year high school math teacher in Boston, MA. The entire time I have been teaching, I have been thinking about and searching for ways of teaching math that respect students’ thinking more than the traditional method of teacher-demonstration followed by student-practice. Despite my best efforts to make that traditional method more student-driven, I have not felt successful.
So, after 5 years of thinking and trying, of reading and writing, of existential mind-scrambles, I have decided this summer to throw all my assumptions out the window, start from my own first principles of what math education should be, and create what I hope is a new kind of math classroom. Luckily, I have an awesome colleague with whom to do this, and lots of other people to talk to about it. I am hoping that through this blog, I can connect with a wider audience, show what works and doesn’t, hold myself accountable, and maybe meet some other people who are already doing this (are you that person? do you know them?).