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.

About Us:

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

22 Responses to About This Project

  1. Very cool, Zach and Shira! I will definitely check this out. Thanks for sharing and good luck this year! I’m excited to get started, too.

  2. John Berray says:

    This looks promising. Love the idea! First thought that comes to mind is this that I’d like to see the results of this project on an iPad-type touch screen as big as my biggest whiteboard so I could sit in front of it and see it all sprawled out in front of me in one organized visual. Good luck!

  3. Love it. I spend my summers obsessed with next year’s classes. Thanks.

    Will you be checking your spelling? That will help legibility and credibility. (estranged, possessive its)

  4. sallythorne says:

    This is a really amazing project and I will be following it and contributing where I think I can help.

  5. Eva Rudolph says:

    I think this is awesome! Which is why I am writing so much…..I love talking teacher. The only suggestion I would have (and I don’t even know if it is possible or not) would be to have an option to insert a picture. Being a artsy/math-ie type of person I feel I do not always explain my descriptions very well–but pictures that I have would help! Plus, spelling is not always my strong suit…..and I would love to see other’s pictures!

    Again….awesome. =)

  6. Debbie says:

    Love the site (got directed here from dy/dan’s blog). I love the clean, simple design of the site, the interesting, intelligent contributions that I’ve read and I especially love the ideas behind the site. Well done and thank you.

  7. Jennifer Lockett says:

    Great idea! When looking through the sections on physical spacing and in class structure… these are all relevant to teachers that have classrooms. But what about those of us who are without a home, ‘floaters’ who move from classroom to classroom, but have no where to call home?

    [Edited by request]

  8. Miss Iggy says:

    The thought and organization of your project is impressive and I plan on utilizing it in my teaching internship class where I teach, guide and ecourage our students as they explore the classroom. This is a great “lab” project and should be an exciting way to explore the possibilities, difficulties, and solutions we will all encounter while learning to teach…it must be an ongoing process.

  9. MBP says:

    It would be wonderful if a setup such as this one could be used to share content resources.

  10. I Speak Math says:

    I love this! Thanks for starting it!

  11. Jennifer Woo says:

    Ohhhh! This is awesome! What a great idea. I look forward to browsing and contributing. Thanks for doing this!

  12. Kenji O'Brien says:

    Cool idea guys! Love the layout too! So user friendly…

  13. Sherry Fraser says:

    Zach and Shira,

    I met both of you at the KSTF interview weekend last March. I’d like to invite you to be part of a 4-member team going to Washington, DC for a conference about Teaching Teachers in the Era of the Common Core. The conference is October 2-4.

    Send me an e-mail about how to get in touch with you.


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