An Update of Sorts

It’s been a while. Thought I should post an update.

I moved out to an apartment back in October, four days after breaking my foot. I planned the former, and the gods of stairs planned the latter. The foot is much better, but I’m walking with a discernibly cautious gait. I have two colleagues who broke the same [fifth metatarsal] bone; they healed completely after four weeks, and I’m still limping after four months.

My son — who just turned 21 — moved in with me. He has a part-time job and is my biggest cheerleader. Even when I’m attempting pull-ups, he cheers me on, You’re a champion, Ma! One more for Jesus!

I’m really happy. No, not 24/7 happy — these folks, if they exist, need to be punched in the face. I’m happy to still be in the classroom teaching mostly adorable middle school students. I’m happy that I’m healthy, eating and sleeping well.

I continue to present at workshops, always grateful for the opportunities to engage with and learn from other math educators. My schedule looks a bit crazy, starting with NCTM in April, but I’m excited to contribute a little bit and gain a lot at these conferences.

Around Christmas time I entertained leaving the classroom for a math coach position, but then I thought better of it. Maybe the same opportunity will come up again in the fall, I’ll worry about it then. As I write this, I’m thinking there ought to be at least 112 damn good reasons for me to leave the classroom because that’s how many students I have. God knows how much I love these kids.

Last weekend I got to play host to Megan Schmidt and her husband Scott. What a gorgeous couple, even if one of them is a Nebraskan.


with megan and scott with Scott

Here’s hoping I’ll catch y’all soon at a nearby conference.

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  1. Michael Paul Goldenb
    Posted February 18, 2016 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Good luck recovering.

  2. Posted February 18, 2016 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Love Pepperdine/Malibu area! Thought about applying for a doctorate in education there, as I have family close by etc too and grew up in Ventura actually. (ended up going for my Admin Credential = no bueno, and then got a job at OpenEd and moved to silicon valley.) Hope you recover well.

  3. Posted February 18, 2016 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    Hope your foot gets better really soon, Fawn. I am accumulating assorted sore joints, I find.

    Sorry I’ll miss you at NCTM again. Maybe another year, I do hope so.

    You’d be a great coach, but you’re an outstanding teacher. I’m sure your students would (mostly) want you stay on as their teacher.

  4. Posted March 16, 2016 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    So I’m looking through your blog for some stuff on CPM and BAM! There’s a picture of you, me and Scott! Why didn’t I see this earlier! Silly me!
    Love you, woman. Can’t wait to see you in a month!

  5. Sean
    Posted March 29, 2016 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Great to hear from you, Fawn. I definitely miss getting your frequent posts, but understand that it can be tough to make the time. My kids did the Target Shopping Contest recently, and it was a huge hit as usual.. thanks!

    • Fawn
      Posted April 30, 2016 at 9:05 am | Permalink

      Thank you so much for dropping in, Sean. I’ve been absolutely horrible with replying to and acknowledging reader comments. Blaming life. I’m glad the Target lesson turned out well!

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