Teaching 2020

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.


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