I’m keeping a journal about teaching and learning during this year of remote and hybrid education.
That’s a Good Question — Something I’ve done thousands of times in my career that I feel I can no longer do.
Weaving Classes into Courses — How can I turn 40 zoom meetings into a geometry course?
Second Time’s the Charm — One way in which I definitely feel like a new teacher.
Beyond My Control — Throughout my career I’ve tried to be a minimalist math teacher. That simply no longer works.
Do They Really Know? — The most important question a teacher must ask themselves, and I haven’t been asking it enough.
Looking Ahead — It’s hard to make decisions about the present when you can’t anticipate the future.
Experimental Education — Everything we do right now is an experiment.
I Taught a Good Lesson — Not good-under-the-circumstances, just good.
Forty Phone Calls — Parent-Teacher Conferences remade for the pandemic era.
Emergency Remote Learning, Redux — And we’re back.
Teacher’s Thanksgiving — Thoughts on the most important holiday of the school year.
Patience and Understanding — I have these for my students. More importantly, they have them for me.
A New Lesson — A small step toward making teaching fun again.
Remote Intervisitations — Why it’s important to be in each other’s classrooms right now.
Why Are You Still Here? — A pleasant surprise at the end of 2020.
Forgetting How to Teach — What eleven consecutive days off can do.
Puzzling Together the Curriculum — The challenge of breaking up a course and putting it back together.
Another One in the Books — Wrapping up the second strangest semester of my career.
Teaching and Improvising — It’s much harder to wing it in remote teaching.
Why it’s Hard to Think About Education, Part 2 — What contradictory feedback tells us about the job of teaching.
“I can’t put my finger on it.” — You never know what someone may be going through.
Getting Ahead — Something very unusual is happening.
Back to School — We’re on the path to reopening high schools.
Some Things Work Better Remotely — Starting to think about what will come back with me when I return to the classroom.
A New Unit — My approach to transformation simply wouldn’t work remotely.
One Year Later — Thinking back to the week they closed down the schools.
Where Was the Support? — It’s been a year of remote teaching. Guess how much training I’ve received in remote teaching.
Putting Students in Groups — Another small success that puts the failures of the year in perspective.
Resilience — I’ve seen students suffer. But I’ve also seen their resilience.
“What Did I Do Last Year?” — I stopped asking this question months ago, but now it’s suddenly relevant again.
The Last Day — An important visualization as we enter the stretch run.
Covering the Curriculum — I’m proud I covered the curriculum this year.
A Bad Lesson — I taught a bad lesson this week. It might have been the most normal lesson I taught all year.
Something I’ve Missed — I figured out the teaching and the math this year, but not this other part.
Everything I Didn’t Do — It’s unusual for me to feel this much regret at the end of the year. But it’s been an unusual year.
Who Needs Trig Sub? — One of the coolest things I saw this year.
What Would You Keep? — As we look ahead to a return to classrooms, what aspects of remote/hybrid teaching will stick with us?
Who Needs Trig Sub? Part 2 — A second new-to-me solution to a classic integral produced by a student.
The Gift of Hope — Students give so much to their teachers. This year mine gave me hope.
Questions and Answers — There’s an old saying, “Never ask a question you don’t know the answer to.” But as a teacher I ask these questions all the time.
Ends and Beginnings — In a past life I worked in office buildings. One of the reasons I quit that life was the inescapable perpetuity of it all.
For more, see my Emergency Remote Learning journal.