Category Archives: Teaching

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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Google Classroom

Falling behind on #MTBoS30 already! Here’s my excuse.   I’m loving Google Classroom. We have effectively gone nearly paperless by doing warm-ups, weekly PoWs, problem solving, almost anything and everything in Classroom. I appreciate the efficiency of organizing folders and the seamless integration with Google Drive. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m excited with […]

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Tracy Zager’s New Book

[Posted earlier today on FB.] Two plus years ago Tracy Zager contacted me for an interview about a post I’d written; she said she’d like to include parts of it in a book she was writing. Of course I was stupid with joy and honored. Then I got to meet Tracy in person at a math […]

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Teacher Appreciation

Today I remember my 7th grade home economics teacher Mrs. Quiggle. Marge Quiggle. She was already old when she was my teacher. I didn’t speak a whole lot of English then, but I suppose one does not need to be well versed in the language to sew a sundress or make a baked Alaska. A […]

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Hashtag MTBoS30

I’ve written two posts in the last 8 months. Naturally that means I’ll [try to] write 30 posts in the next 30 days. Anne Schwartz @sophgermain is entirely behind this. Hashtag MTBoS30. We, Anne and I, each drive 70+ miles toward each other to catch up on life over a late lunch. Unknowingly we both order the steak […]

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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 […]

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Giving Feedback with a Highlighter

I attended John Scammell’s excellent 3-morning sessions on Formative Assessment at #TMC15. We were asked to share strategies that we may already be doing to give students feedback . I shared about how I used highlighters for this. I promised my group that I would write a short post about it, but I waited until now since I […]

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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. “This is as intimidating as […]

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