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Tufts University: new “gap year” service initiative!

Tufts University is starting a new program for incoming first-year students where they can spend a year after high school doing a year of service domestically or internationally before starting their freshman year of classes the next year! http://www.tuftsdaily.com/news/tufts-officially-launches-pre-matriculation-service-program Update … Continue reading

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Giving Tuesday: three suggestions

In the spirit of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is designated Giving Tuesday–a day set aside for supporting non-profits that are doing important work in the community. Here are three non-profits that particularly … Continue reading

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(Positive) Actions Have Consequences (Too!)

When working in a high-needs school (or, I’d guess, any school, for that matter), educators are trained to help students connect actions to consequences: “Well, you chose to make that rude comment in the middle of class to your classmate, … Continue reading

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“Knowing about” vs. “engaging with” people with different income levels

The Washington Post released an article this weekend about “super zips”–zip codes with very high median incomes and education levels–with a particular focus on super zips in the D.C. area. Having grown up in an affluent and very well-educated community … Continue reading

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ExploringTheMathTwitterBlogosphere

There is an online initiative for math educators to connect more closely online and share ideas and successes and failures: ExploringTheMathTwitterBlogosphere. I am no longer in the classroom as a math teacher, but I’ll participate anyway! I currently work for … Continue reading

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State class-size requirements: unintended consequences

There is a voter-approved constitutional amendment in Florida that limits the number of students in (core) classes. Districts are fined for each class that is over the limit. For middle school, the limit is 22 students per class. On the … Continue reading

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“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing ….”

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. — Mahatma Ghandi Here is a venn diagram that summarizes my thinking about this quote. Imagine another large … Continue reading

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Scholars and “outreach”

This summer, the American Mathematical Society released an article arguing for mathematicians to focus only on academics and research while in graduate school and post-doc programs.  Essentially, the idea is that outreach (defined in the article as increasing representation of … Continue reading

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Looking like you are helping vs. actually helping

I recently finished reading Nickel and Dimed, which describes author Barbara Ehrenreich’s experience spending a year (trying to) live on income only earned through minimum wage jobs. For part of the year, she worked for a housecleaning service. During her … Continue reading

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Airplanes and objectivity

My most recent flight was at nighttime. I was sitting in a window seat a bit behind the wing. On the rear side of the wing almost at the tip was a very bright flashing light–the light you might see … Continue reading

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