A Love Letter to MTBoS (a.k.a. my #TMC15 keynote)

Thank you to Lisa Henry for asking me to talk at TMC and for believing that I could pull it off. Thank you to Baylor for the letter below that kicked me in the gut and said, “Stop whining and finish the slides.”


I looked out to the audience and began with this ad lib.

And off I went. Here are the slides for my keynote.

Thank you for being the kindest and most gracious audience.

Much love,

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  1. Posted July 31, 2015 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    I’ve had a few nice letters in my time, but I’d have been pretty pleased to receive Baylor’s. A wonderful tribute to treasure.

    • Fawn
      Posted August 1, 2015 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for dropping in, Alan.

  2. Posted July 31, 2015 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    Yay! It’s early in the morning, my family and puppy are still sleeping, and I got to read through your whole keynote. Thank you for posting it.What a great read!!

    Seems to me that he crux of your message was about building relationships. What I have finally figured out about math, what I missed as a student, is that math itself is based on relationships. So I’m sitting here enjoying the symmetry you’ve illuminated between teaching math and understanding math.

    • Fawn
      Posted August 1, 2015 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

      I strongly believe that the established relationships allow us to be more forgiving. We all screw up. We all say and do things we don’t mean to, we all feel insecure and fragile. But we will be quicker to forgive one another knowing that we — all of us, at our core — are just trying to do our best. When we see ourselves in others, our hearts are at a gentler and kinder place. And that’s a good place to start for teaching and learning. Thank you, Paula.

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