Respecting Identity

This image is from my recent trip to Ghana in honor of the “Year of Return” celebration the country is hosting to welcome people of African decent back to their home land. What do you notice?   What do you wonder?   Allow me to share a few of my own; Notice: The expression on …

People Matter

It took me years to commit to writing blog posts. I shared about a year ago in a conversation with Sarah Caban, (an amazing person, blogger, and colleague educatormathontheedge.com) that I felt like blogging had rules. Sarah reminded me recently that a blog is a space to write and that I am free to write …

Parenting Mistakes

  I drafted this post in September of 2018 at the start of my younger son Caleb’s freshman year of high school. It is so relevant. I am not sure why I never posted it. After recent conversations within my organization about culturally responsive practices, I believe this post should be set free from the …

Math Learning and Students with Disabilities

My thinking is being challenged, which is always a good thing. My classroom teaching experience and coaching have afforded me the opportunity to work with students who have had varied barriers to learning. I taught students who moved through elementary school with many labels. I am a firm believer in the idea that these labels …

Group Dynamics That Damage

One thing I love about attending conferences is being exposed to different perspectives and views. I remember attending sessions and sharing ideas while serving as a district specialist for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. There were so many times that I went in feeling like “we have so much work to do in Charlotte” and through talking to …

Thank you, Valerie Faulkner

I just came back from my state math conference NCCTM and the last session I attended really has me wondering. Valerie Faulkner of NC State University spoke about grouping children and the impact on identity and agency. If you know anything about me, you know that public school grouping largely impacted my academic life. Up …

Welcome to my new space! I am not completely moved in yet. “Decor” is on the way. I love to wonder, this is the natural part of me. Sharing my wonderings is new territory. I invite you into my reasoning. Welcome. Welcome. Welcome. The first post for my blog written about 3 years ago: The maturation …