“Definitely not where I imagined this blog would go”

Daniel Schneider:

I thought I’d still be the only one reading it these days. I’ve only recently started telling friends and colleagues about this site, which means most of those 10,000 are from people I’ve never met. I’m surprised by how many people have found me and I’m glad people find my ideas meaningful. I guess I’m just amazed at how easy it’s been to have a voice in the semi-anonymity of the internet.

If you’re just getting into teaching, there are plenty of worse ways to invest your time than in blogging, tweeting, and building your own faculty lounge.

2012 May 10. On account of her stellar blogging, Kate Nowak receives unsolicited e-mails from administrators looking to hire her.

So, you know. For the past long while it seemed like admins and hiring-decision types paid no mind to my blogging. But that’s changing. People are paying attention, and more importantly, it’s people who value the same things we do: continuous learning, reflective practice, learning out loud. I was asked about specific posts on f(t) in the interview for my new job, which not only helped them get to know me, but heightened my opinion of them and their school as a promising place to work.

That Kate Nowak:

I don’t have a blog, because I have nothing original to contribute.

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. Thanks for these words of encouragement, I’m a second year teacher and followed your blog and many other for the last two years and I have now decided to start a blog. Although I’m really interest in technology etc. I’ve started blogging about outdoor learning as less people blog about this. The early days of blogging feel scrambling around in the dark, so It’s encouraging to think that with perseverance hopefully my content can develop meaning.

  2. Dan – thanks, as always, for the encouragement and the spotlight. I’m glad we share the same message and I’m honored that I’ve been featured every so often on your pages. I’d love to see more first-year teachers dipping their feet into the world of reflective blogging and sharing resources.

    Thanks again

  3. I am so excited that in education we seem to be moving beyond the old “whats mine is mine” idea. As I have gotten more and more opportunities to share ideas it has given me so much confidence to try new things and be open to new things.

  4. Rich Konarski

    May 10, 2012 - 5:06 pm -

    I’d have to say “Thanks” to Dan and the rest of the bloggers. It’s given me a renewed love of teaching math. Someday, I hope to get into the blogging to help other math teachers and share what I’ve learned in the past 14 years.

  5. Hi Dan. Just a huge thank you for your blog and your TED talk re: “Math Classroom Needs a Makeover.” We watched your video in my masters class and you got me thinking… and I was already thinking about my math class ALL THE TIME (how could I hook them in and keep them hooked? Why do they seem to have a hate-on for math?). After seeing your TED talk I have focused my master’s field study on revamping my planning and instruction. Through your website I discovered Mathalicious and feel supported in my efforts to rework math’s reputation amongst my teenage students. I’ve started my own class blog and have since focused on developing math questions that are open-ended or offer parallel tasks (aka choice). I check your blog often to read your ideas. I consider you to be a big thinker in education. A big shout out to you, your ideas and courage to tap into and challenge what our students (and math teachers) really need!