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Going Corporate

I need to clarify my professional situation, which is nothing like my announcement last spring that I was quitting teaching to pursue a doctorate.

  1. I am teaching two math classes. The same remedial Algebra at the same high school.
  2. I am working for Google. I have deferred graduate school for a year and accepted a ten-month position as a “curriculum fellow” at Google’s campus in Mountain View, CA. I start Monday, which means my understanding of the job is informed only by the application process and not yet by any actual experience. Regardless, I’m ecstatic. Google wants to hire competent programmers, obviously, so they’re reaching out to university CS professors and down to high school math teachers, which is my angle. I will be working with a handful of other math teachers to embed the Python programming language into traditional math curriculum for adoption on the sort of scale you’d expect from Google. I am realistic. The challenges are immense but so are the possible returns. It isn’t my ideal full-time job developing WCYDWT math curriculum next to an on-call barista but it’s really close.

30 Responses to “Going Corporate”

  1. on 03 Oct 2009 at 7:00 pmKathy Sierra

    Congratulations! Wow, you’ll (finally) be surrounded by people who will all — in one way or another — “get” what you’ve been on about :)

    I hope you post lots of updates.

  2. on 03 Oct 2009 at 7:06 pmrhett

    Does this mean that you will now have WCYDWT.py stuff? If so, I am excited. Either way, it is still cool.

  3. on 03 Oct 2009 at 7:08 pmJackie Ballarini

    I doubt that your classes this year look the exactly the same as they did last year. The course title may be the same, but I’m guessing you’re still tweaking what you do.

    I wish you joy in the new position. On a selfish note, I can’t wait to see what comes of it.

  4. on 03 Oct 2009 at 7:11 pmSarah

    Whoa. Congrats, can’t wait to hear more about it!

  5. on 03 Oct 2009 at 7:27 pmJustin Tolentino

    Wow, that sounds like such an awesome opportunity. Congrats!

  6. on 03 Oct 2009 at 7:29 pmkevin

    Dan, this is amazing! congratulations and best of luck. As a homeschooler I am very excited to see what you work on. Regardless, google is lucky to have you!

  7. on 03 Oct 2009 at 7:58 pmSimon Job

    Exciting and fascinating stuff Dan, well done.

  8. on 03 Oct 2009 at 7:58 pmsam shah

    Agreeing with everyone else. Lots of congrats all around. Selfishly can’t wait to see what you produce! Here’s to your Monday being a really exciting first day of a really exciting 10 months.

  9. on 03 Oct 2009 at 9:27 pmSteven Nishida

    Many congrats, Dan. That’s just awesome.

  10. on 03 Oct 2009 at 10:17 pmDean Shareski

    Google is lucky to have you.

  11. on 04 Oct 2009 at 2:27 amDan Stucke

    Congratulations Dan! Please don’t stop the WCYDWT gems from flowing though :)

  12. on 04 Oct 2009 at 5:18 amTerry Kaminski

    Working for Google!!! That is a dream job. Hopefully, Google will allow you to blog about your work over the next 10 months and maybe even some of us can be guinea pigs to test out some of the things being developed.

  13. on 04 Oct 2009 at 6:54 amKate Nowak

    I’m pretty sure the Google campus has an on-call barista. And also lickable, flavored wallpaper.

    Congratulations!

  14. on 04 Oct 2009 at 6:55 amSarah

    Wow! Sounds fascinating, I’m moving you up in the RSS!

  15. on 04 Oct 2009 at 9:15 amcolleenk

    Congratulations, Dan! You’re a lucky guy. Anything connecting math to programming would be my dream job. I’ll look forward to reading more. (and now I know what the python tweets were all about)

    Are you familiar with Kirby Urner’s work? He’s been working with math and python for years. He may even be involved with this project. If not, reading some of his papers might be helpful. http://www.4dsolutions.net/ocn/index.html

  16. on 04 Oct 2009 at 10:51 amDina

    Nice. :) Congrats.

  17. on 04 Oct 2009 at 12:07 pmTim Lauer

    Congratulations. Am looking forward to following your work at Google…

  18. on 04 Oct 2009 at 4:14 pmTom Hoffman

    That’s what happens when you start hanging out with that crew from O’Reilly. Have fun.

  19. Ditto to Jackie on number 1. This summer you used how much of the geometry curriculum that you posted last year? And how many hours today on the new WCYDWT? Yeah.

    Enjoy the adventure at Google! I’m curious how the experience will shape your message. (Not that we’ll be able to separate that from the effects of your teaching and the rest of life, but curious all the same.)

  20. on 04 Oct 2009 at 8:47 pmDan Meyer

    Thanks for the support here, team. I imagine I’ll have to be more circumspect in my blogging now at Google than I have been at my high school but no doubt I’ll be dipping into this well often in the ten months to come.

  21. on 05 Oct 2009 at 11:18 amH.

    Ah. Google Math! I’m elated. Childishly excited, in fact :)

  22. on 05 Oct 2009 at 11:18 amH.

    Not sure how compatible this concern would be with whatever you’re planning to do, but it ever is, keep the needs of math teachers in countries where textbooks and materials just can’t be afforded in mind, too.

  23. on 05 Oct 2009 at 1:06 pmDan Meyer

    Put it down as a high priority. I can’t promise we’ll have Norsk translations up immediately, but it’s important to me that whatever my group produces be free (in both senses) to all educators. I was told in the interview this would be so.

  24. on 05 Oct 2009 at 1:15 pmDavid cox

    Google?! That means you can look all the stuff up you want…for free! That is awesome.

    Looking forward to what you’ll be able to accomplish once you are able to string together a few contiguous hours on this stuff!

  25. on 05 Oct 2009 at 7:36 pmH.

    Never mind norsk :) But if you can do something toward make South African kids’ access to math be limited by internet access only, that would be nice.

  26. on 05 Oct 2009 at 8:36 pmDan Meyer

    I’ll get Sergey on it tomorrow.

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  28. on 15 Mar 2010 at 6:17 pmMaura

    Sweet stuff! I tried the stuff out at Google a few months ago and think it’s really great.

    As a fellow math teacher and general numbers/data nerd, I also love your blog.

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