beginning my masters in teaching

  • Things I am thinking about
    • Healing math trauma
    • Habits of mind
    • Math anxiety
    • Creativity and joy in math
    • Community
    • Curiosity
    • Access
    • Honors/standard/fundamentals (the levels of math offered at my school… we are trying to reimagine this)
    • Portfolios
      • Assessment
    • Communication
    • Identity
      • Disability
      • Gender
    • Art
      • Geometry of clothing/fashion
      • crocheting/knitting
      • Clay
      • 3D printing
    • Technology 
    • Journaling/Reflections
    • Productive struggle
    • Math literacy
    • Games 
  • Questions
    • Why do we teach proof in geometry to ensure all students have access to and understanding of proof?
    • How can we foster an environment of collaboration and curiosity in mathematics?
    • How can we use proofs to teach students literacy skills in mathematics?
    • How can we use proofs to help teach students how to productively struggle?
    • What does a healthy mathematics community look like and how can we use community to heal math trauma and foster resilience in problem solving?
    • How do we decenter white male mathematicians in teaching geometry?
    • How can we use portfolios in mathematics to assess student growth and help students to see their own growth? 
    • How can we disrupt students’ internal narratives of fixed mathematics ability?
    • How can geometry be used to help students rediscover the power of play and creativity in problem solving?
    • How can teaching proofs be used to improve mathematical communication between students?
    • How can we use technology tools in teaching geometry and proof?
    • How can we incorporate art in teaching geometry? (Needs to be more focused) 
    • How can we use journals in mathematics to help students understand themselves as mathematicians, and their mathematical process?
    • How can mathematics be used to help students explore and understand identity and their place in the world?
    • How can we use games to foster creativity and collaboration in mathematics?
    • How can we reimagine the divide of students between varying levels of math courses?
  • Possible project ideas
    • Workbook of selected proofs/puzzles that build on each other
    • Outline/Example of a portfolio based assessment system
    • Website/blog: Community Mathematics —> daily/weekly puzzles
      • Series of collaborative puzzles?
    • Unit/Lesson Plans
    • Something else??????
    • Design a project for students to do

Chosen Research Question (As it stands right now): What does a healthy mathematics community look like and how can we use community to heal math trauma and foster resilience and curiosity?

long and short term goals and dreams

But who’s to say which is which

  • Create a math elective
  • Decorate/organize classrooms and office
  • write a play
  • create knit/crochet clothing
  • create a gender retreat or pen pal network or mentoring network or something related to giving the trans youths a place to explore gender
  • write pretty math puzzles
  • make cool escape room puzzles
  • crochet cool things
  • knit cool things/learn to knit
  • Research the crossover of fiber art and math
  • journal/post updates more consistantly
  • write poetry
  • Create art with trash
  • Learn more about 3d printing
  • Write a letter to students thanking them for being my first group I’ve thought for a full year
  • Do a workshop on gender/trans competency for faculty
  • Learn to roller skate more
  • Find a way to get back into dance

Defining our purpose: the trajectory of my math department

There is a lot of discussion around what the math department at my school will look like over the coming years. I rarely contribute to the discussions, sometimes out of anxiety but mostly because I am listening to what others have to say. I want to fully understand where we stand right now and how we got there before I can begin imagining where I want us to go. Here are some things that have come up when I have been thinking about this.

I want us to be a place:

Where you problem solve and model and visualize and predict

Where you learn to communicate precisely

Where you practice seeing patterns and connections

Where you use logical and organized thinking

Where you analyze and critique the world you live in, and brainstorm solutions

Where you come out in the end fundamentally believing in your ability to struggle productively

Where you lean into the unknown and the confusing with curiosity and creativity

Where you learn to ask questions far more than you find answers

an ode to zero

You beautiful Nothing
You steadfast and headstrong emptiness
You magnificent subtlty

You hide in the corner
always observing
contributing nothing but your presence
But your presence is everything

You are shy
You are dangerous
We must tread carefully around you
A misstep could lead us to chaos
But we must trust you

You are assertive when it comes to grand gestures
You take control
You are persuasive
But when we contemplate the details, you remain quiet
adding nothing

You do not fit into binaries:
neither positive nor negative
neither prime nor composite
You are your own

You hold space for those who have not yet arrived
You hold the memory of where others once were

You are nothing.
A powerful and immensely important