I have two interviews out right now that I want to bring to your attention – a PDF and a podcast, so pick your medium! Both sets of interviewers were fantastic – well-researched and probing â€“ and I did my best to rise to the occasion.
First, Ilona Vashchyshyn interviewed me for the May / June issue of Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachersâ€™ Society magazine [pdf]. Ilona read my dissertation and her questions drew together themes of online math edtech, mathematical modeling, and Math Teacher Twitter. Here’s me:
The consistent theme in my participation [in online math teaching communities] is the fact that my thoughts always seem perfect to me until they escape the vacuum seal of my brain. Once theyâ€™re out in the world, in a blog post or a tweet, thatâ€™s when I realize how much work they need. I canâ€™t get that feeling any other way.
Second, I have an hour-long interview out today with Becky Peters and Ben Kalb of the Vrain Waves podcast. They dug deep into my blog’s back catalog and asked questions about decade-old posts I had forgotten about. Halfway through, they asked about the role of memorization in learning mathematics. I confessed to them that I never want to be stuck driving on the road at the same time as anybody who derides the value of memorization in learning mathematics. I know a bunch of you will disagree with me there, so listen to the piece, and then tell me what you think either here or on Twitter.