Fearing the Unknown

“we have nothing to fear, but fear itself…” apologies to Mr. Churchill. I try my very best to make failure survivable in my classroom. It’s OK to fail. It’s OK to be wrong. It’s not OK to not try.

Math with Bad Drawings

Or, How to Avoid Thinking in Math Class, Part 5
(See Also Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4)

Sometimes I fantasize about making scarecrows of myself.


They’d wear jackets, ties, and expressions of thoughtful patience. I’d scatter them around my classroom—maybe even one every desk (if scarecrow manufacturers happen to give bulk discounts). And they’d work wonders for my students, because a lot of the time, the students don’t actually need me.

They just think they do.

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About gblakney

Middle School Mathematics Teacher, passionate EdTech user who loves to experiment with new methods and tools in the classroom. Following the lead of Dan Meyer and Jo Boaler, I create a safe place for kids to discover the fun and beauty of maths. I use Number Talks and Groupwork to make maths accessible for all of my students. I enjoy Mathematics and I'm enthusiastic about teaching; the kids really respond to that.
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