Monthly Archives: August 2012

T-5: Lockhart’s Lyrical Love Song to Math: Measurement

In a surprise, this book arrived in the mail for me today (I had pre ordered it the moment Paul Solomon told me about it. But it came today, on the perfect day just as I’m trying to wrap up … Continue reading

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T-6: Calendar overload

One of my big pet peeves is the paper “calendar” that is just a list of dates, which I must then devote time to manually entering into my computer in order to have a real calendar. These “calendars” are a … Continue reading

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T-7: The Great Conversation

This book came in the mail for me today. It was recommended by our Academic Dean and something I’ve been meaning to read myself since I saw Richard Hersh on the Colbert Report. Already this book has introduced me to … Continue reading

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T-8: Web Ninja training

In the midst of the rather hectic run up to school, I asked if I could offer the Websurfing Ninja training I designed and delivered at my previous school. The session went went well, and though it was a bit … Continue reading

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T-9: All the way to China

This morning I participated with in a G+ hangout with Evan Weingberg, discussing how we might approach introducing computational thinking into our Algebra II classes. Evan is a math and physics teacher at Hangzhou International School, and he keeps an … Continue reading

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T-10: Beyond the paper planner with Planbook

I don’t think I can say enough good things about Planbook, the most amazing lesson planning software written by Jeff Hellman. This software looks exactly like that old paper planner you might still be using, except now, when class is … Continue reading

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T-11: Making friends with risotto

One of the things I most regret from the time I spent at my last two schools was not making an effort to socialze more with my faculty colleagues. Of course, we’re all busy and in day schools, we often live … Continue reading

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T-12: schedule ZOMG

I got my schedule today, and in the weirdness that is boarding school scheduling, I have no classes to teach on Tuesday, and our school starts on a Tuesady, so my first day of teaching get just got delayed by … Continue reading

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T-13: Pre-planning with an audience

Before this year, pre-planning for me always meant trying to get together with one or two other teachers teaching the same course and trying to align all of the things we were doing for the first few weeks—same opening activities, … Continue reading

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T-14: New Faculty Orientation day 1

  Today was the first day of “new” faculty orientation. I use “new” in quotes because I’m returning to a school I taught at for 7 years, after spending 6 years away in different schools. Today was great—it was wonderful … Continue reading

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