2012 — The Year in Review

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me and secretary of educationA nice consequence of maintaining a blog is that it makes reflecting on the year easy and convenient.  And 2012 was quite a busy year!  Here are a few math and teaching highlights.

In March, I ran a workshop at the Celebration of Teaching and Learning that focused mathematical writing.  I wrote a piece for the CTL blog, and was inspired to put together some additional resources on getting students writing in math class.

In April, I spoke at TEDxNYED on creativity and mathematics.  My talk can be seen on the TED website here.

In July, I visited the White House for a roundtable discussion on President Obama’s proposed National STEM Master Teacher Corps.  I was even photographed with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan!

Also in July, I attended the Bridges Math and Art Conference, and I’ve posted a number of images of some of the beautiful artwork on display there.

In September, my piece “N Ways to Apply Algebra With The New York Times” ran in the NYT Learning Network.  The piece, a response to Andrew Hacker’s controversial OpEd “Is Algebra Necessary?”, generated a lot of great comments and ended up being the third-most-viewed lesson on the LN in 2012.

In October, I posted “This is Not a Trig Function“, which not only generated a lot of great discussion, but also caught the attention of a Fields Medalist!  I also briefly appeared in this Relatively Prime podcast on mathematics education.

In November, I ran a workshop at the TIME 2000 conference on combinatorial dancing, and I was honored to be interviewed over at Math-Frolic!.

And in December, I was named runner-up for the inaugural Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching by the Museum of Mathematics.

All in all, it was a fun, productive, and busy year!  I look forward to a great 2013, and hopefully a little more downtime.

Happy New Year to all!

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Chris Smith · December 31, 2012 at 10:48 am

What a 2012…Excellent stuff Mr H!
Happy New Year.

    MrHonner · December 31, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Thanks, Chris! Happy New Year to you, too. [Still trying to think of something interesting about the number 2013.]

Sam Shah · December 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm

WOW! Reading the rundown of your year makes me feel both supremely proud of all the great work you’re doing, and… exhausted! Hope you are getting some rest in there!


    MrHonner · December 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks, Sam! Your remarks mean a lot to me.

    I was surprised, too, when I started thinking about everything that happened this year. I’m proud to have found my own ways to contribute to our math and education communities. And thank you, for inspiring so many to participate and contribute!

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