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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