I'm Dan and this is my blog. I'm a former high school math teacher and current head of teaching at Desmos. He / him. More here.


  1. Holy motherboard of language analysis. The MIT linguistics dept. must be feeling just a little semantic envy about now. Political persuasion aside, it is a remarkable example of deconstructing language…

    …enhanced by the ability to analyze the results of such study.

    Not bad for a math-type guy managing to finally show the ELA folks how to really swing the Wordle hammer — much thanks, Dan. I’ve already passed it around to a few folks in my Dept. just this afternoon.

    Given the array of #’s and narratives in Martin’s final product, perhaps the math and ELA folks need each other after all, esp. if the stats gods can become the great hand-holding power in all of our educational lives.

  2. So, I used wordle for an activity earlier this year and I had your Hackwork post in the back of my mind the whole time. However, I found a use that, although nothing like the analysis going on with this particular example, served as a wonderful tool to bring together divergent ideas and look for trends on perceptions of America. I’ll try to carve out a little time to blog about it because I believe that there are valid uses of wordle.

  3. This is one of the most fascinating things I’ve ever read. Thanks for filling (not wasting) my Saturday afternoon. Now if I can find a way to share this in my math classes without feeling that its a waste of valuable math time I’ll be all set.

  4. As a word-nerd and wordle fan, I find it a fun, easy yet unique way to be creative, even when feeling artistically-challenged. Your article is fascinating. I have nothing clever to say but I do thank you! The information you present is eye-opening and expanded my context and content. Such a valuable gift is always appreciated!