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.
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I'm Dan and this is my blog. I'm a former high school teacher, former graduate student, and current head of teaching at Desmos. More here.

30 Comments

  1. Kathy Sierra

    October 3, 2009 - 7:00 pm

    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. rhett

    October 3, 2009 - 7:06 pm

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

  3. Jackie Ballarini

    October 3, 2009 - 7:08 pm

    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. Sarah

    October 3, 2009 - 7:11 pm

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

  5. Justin Tolentino

    October 3, 2009 - 7:27 pm

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

  6. kevin

    October 3, 2009 - 7:29 pm

    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. Simon Job

    October 3, 2009 - 7:58 pm

    Exciting and fascinating stuff Dan, well done.

  8. sam shah

    October 3, 2009 - 7:58 pm

    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. Steven Nishida

    October 3, 2009 - 9:27 pm

    Many congrats, Dan. That’s just awesome.

  10. Dean Shareski

    October 3, 2009 - 10:17 pm

    Google is lucky to have you.

  11. Dan Stucke

    October 4, 2009 - 2:27 am

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

  12. Terry Kaminski

    October 4, 2009 - 5:18 am

    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. Kate Nowak

    October 4, 2009 - 6:54 am

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

    Congratulations!

  14. Sarah

    October 4, 2009 - 6:55 am

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

  15. colleenk

    October 4, 2009 - 9:15 am

    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. Dina

    October 4, 2009 - 10:51 am

    Nice. :) Congrats.

  17. Tim Lauer

    October 4, 2009 - 12:07 pm

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

  18. Tom Hoffman

    October 4, 2009 - 4:14 pm

    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. Dan Meyer

    October 4, 2009 - 8:47 pm

    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. H.

    October 5, 2009 - 11:18 am

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

  22. H.

    October 5, 2009 - 11:18 am

    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. Dan Meyer

    October 5, 2009 - 1:06 pm

    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. David cox

    October 5, 2009 - 1:15 pm

    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. H.

    October 5, 2009 - 7:36 pm

    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. Dan Meyer

    October 5, 2009 - 8:36 pm

    I’ll get Sergey on it tomorrow.

  27. Maura

    March 15, 2010 - 6:17 pm

    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.