About This Project
Welcome to what we hope will be an organized collection of thoughts about what makes a classroom work. It’s everything from the nitty-gritty to the whopper questions, from homework hand-in to common core values.
This is a place to keep and share the collective wisdom of many people thinking about the same issues. For us, it’s what we hope will help us build our first classrooms this upcoming year, and a place to come back to whenever we learn something new. Two now-estranged first-year-teachers-to-be, we have created this place to be a home to our inexperienced musings. What’s wonderful about learning in the twenty-first century is that we can now share it with you.
How You Can Use This Site:
1) Join us through our journey. For the rest of this summer and beyond, we will be thinking about many of these questions, though surely not all of them. If you follow our RSS feed you can see what’s on our mind. We’re crossing our fingers you’ll add your own wisdom and experiences in the comments. If you know of something awesome and/or have thoughts of your own please share your knowledge.
2) Find a topic that interests you. Look how shiny our organization is! We’ve broken everything down into topics that made sense to us. Even if we haven’t tackled it yet, leave a comment about how you approach participation structures or consequences. You can also subscribe to individual threads through email notifications. Conversations are key to developing as a teacher, and the more we can gather, the more that is out there for others to see.
3) Casually browse & comment. What we love about this site is that you can jump around as much as you want. Feel free to check out the list of questions and figure out what interests you; or you can use a reader to subscribe to comments and follow along with discussions.
4) Add topics that intrigue you. As extensive as this list is, it’s clearly incomplete. Please help us add to the list of questions by writing your own dilemmas and questions in the comments section on the list.
5) Any way you want. Our goal is to make this useful to ourselves and to as many people as possible. At its core, this is a place to add our own thoughts, ideas, experiences, successes, and failures regarding the immensely complicated art of teaching.
We are two recent graduates of what we like to think is a very snazzy and thoughtful teacher education program. We’re bound to various parts of the United States to begin what we hope are illustrious and thoughtful teaching careers. We are both huge math nerds. Really big math nerds. We both love teaching, and talking about teaching. In fact, we both love to talk (though arguably Shira more than Zach). In general, Zach does the tech stuff and Shira does the random spewing of philosophy, though certainly not exclusively. Together we think we make a pretty okay team. We are excited and terrified for next year, and are excited about putting on e-paper some of what we’ve spent an entire year thinking about, and will continue to think about for a long long time. We hope you’ll join us in this