If you knew me as a classroom teacher, you knew I was very, very cranky about the ways many math textbooks treated students and mathematics, how they failed to celebrate and build on student intuition about mathematical ideas, how their problems were posed in ways that hid their most interesting elements, how they were way too helpful.
So it’s been a joy to get to do something more active about that problem than write cranky blog posts, to get to team up with some fantastic teachers, designers, engineers, and funders all continuously interrogating their assumptions about education, design, technology, math, and society, all to create what I think is …
This is it.
Call off the search.
You found it.
Read more about the curriculum at the Des-blog, including details about our upcoming pilot.
[extremely Oprah voice] You get a debt of gratitude! You get a debt of gratitude! You get a debt of gratitude!
Aside from my enormous gratitude to the fantastic team I work with daily, I’m especially grateful to two groups:
- The authoring / publishing team at Illustrative Mathematics / Open Up Resources who created and openly licensed a fantastic math curriculum, one which is the foundation of our own work. They dropped a massive gift on the math education community (or a hydrogen bomb from the perspective of the K-12 math publishing industry) and we were extremely happy to pick it up and build on it.
- You. I’m talking about the folks who have been reading this blog, commenting on my posts, critiquing my ideas from day one. Your thoughts and mine are all tied together and run all the way through this curriculum.
This blog has been quieter over the last few years for reasons that are predictable — family, Twitter, the death of blogs, etc. — but also because, for the only time in my career, I haven’t been able to write about my work.
That changes today and I’m very excited to collaborate with you folks once again on the work that matters to me most. It won’t be at its best without you.