Career-wise, I am currently in grad school to get licensed to teach
high school mathematics. For whatever reason, teaching high school
math is perceived as nerdy, high-stress, and low-pay. Luckily for
me, I know all three of these are objectively wrong. :) e.g. the
path of Dan Meyer
. The most common mistake is that teachers see
it as their job to provide good content for students (what Freire
calls the "banking model of education" where information is
"deposited into minds"). Instead, good teaching is about providing
an appropriate classroom structure where students control most of
the content of the class, and the teacher is there mainly to
facilitate interpretation. Once you realize this, the only
difficult part about teaching is dealing with other adults, but
with math, that's actually pretty easy.
I enjoy involvement in progressive communities such as the Open-source movement
, kickstarter and indygogo,
Unitarian-Universalism, Food Not Bombs, and the increasing
awareness of the power of words, all of which I believe are moving
our society forward and increasing people's ability to better
manage their lives.
I identify as a revolutionary socialist, feminist, and Christian. I
value our cultural history but also believe the two biggest US
political parties are corrupted beyond the point of saving.
I'm all-in with open-source computing! I plan on teaching Algebra I
starting in the fall using the Bootstrap Math
, which teaches Algebra through students programming
their own simple video game.
I find America very superficial, so I plan to teach math in Europe
at some point in my life.
As a career choice, the reasons I chose education are that:
a) teaching gives me more control over my intellectual development
than most other jobs, and
b) I think the 21st century is a communication age, and so
interdisciplinary fields such as education are the place to
Also: learning Marshall Rosenberg compassion / nonviolent