Category Archives: Teaching

7 Deadly Sins of Teaching [Maths]

‘Tis the eve of FDOS (first day of school, duh), and I’m no longer nervous or anxious. I’m washing these laptop covers for my homeroom students only because that’s what some of my colleagues did with their kids’ covers. I will not let a kid taunt me on FDOS with, “How come Mrs. So and So gave her students […]

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Growth vs. Proficiency

I usually take copious notes when attending conferences. It’s more of a self-discipline gesture to make me sit up straight and pay attention. I even try to sit in the front row. (The only time this backfired was in Psychology 101 when the professor had to talk about herpes and I was sporting a gargantuan one of the simplex 1 […]

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Catching Up

According to my online Social Security account, my earnings record shows: 24 years of full-time teaching 2 years of half-time teaching 1 year of subbing It also shows this not-so-fun fact: And this, which I find morosely funny: Had I known ahead of time how depressing these numbers would be, I would have become a farmer instead. Grow cannabis or […]

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irrelevant

these narratives all lives matter black on black shootings he shouldn’t have resisted arrest he had a criminal record the police just doing their job best that you do not speak to me today about any one of them tomorrow is not good either because these narratives are all irrelevant

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WBT

Under the Goodies tab at Whole Brain Teaching: A WBT classroom is a constantly rewarding, no failure environment.  Rewards without threats of failure are good for brains! When Timmy doesn’t know the answer to a question, or answers incorrectly, quickly say, “Tell Timmy ‘it’s cool!”  Your class says, “it’s cool!”  Tim isn’t embarrassed; you quickly […]

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Half Century Plus One

I remember reading Shireen’s wonderful post last year when she turned 50 and thought, We’re the same age, and I want to celebrate turning 50 too! Well, I missed my chance to write something last year, but it’s never too late, so I’m stealing Shireen’s prompt “50 things I’ve learned about teaching” and broadening it to “51 […]

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Making a Difference

Why it’s so hard for me to leave the classroom. I’m making a difference here and now.

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They Save Me

Like all mornings, the alarm on my cell phone pays no attention to my slumber and goes off anyway. I’ve changed the default ringtone of Radar to Ripples — it’s still annoying and elicits the same expletive from me. Another Monday. Just three more Mondays. Like going to the gym, the hardest part is getting there. Once I arrive […]

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One-Tweet Post

Because I can. When I regret not having alcohol around. #LateNightGradingpic.twitter.com/JRjyoLqbQx — Fawn Nguyen (@fawnpnguyen) May 17, 2016 And because I really love the kid who wrote this on her test. I’ll call her G. She tells me more than once, “Ms. Win, I’m not good in math. I struggle a lot, but this is […]

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Jerks, Brats, Nincompoops

I write and speak often about how much I love my students and teaching mathematics. Mathematics and problem solving were love at first sight for me; I’ve loved these things as a kid growing up. But students and teaching were acquired love; I had to get a teaching credential and meet the students before I could grow […]

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