I’ll be in and out this summer

The title says it all. Since school has let out, I’ve wanted to do very little thinking about teaching. I’m in my time-to-vegetate-and-watch-tv-and-read phase. I don’t really want to think about planning for next year … yet. That’ll come, though, once I get sick of vegetating, which happens.

I will, however, at the end of this week be traveling to Utah for a three week math workshop thingie. I’m sure it’ll be fun and I’ll have lots to talk about on here. One of the things I’m doing there is taking a workshop on Japanese Lesson Study, which I’ve been intrigued by since I first heard about them a couple years ago.

So I’m not dead yet, but I’m not going to posting super regularly this summer. I’ll do it when I’m inspired, have thought of something, or whatever.





  1. Enjoy the workshop. I just finished my M.Ed. and my capping research project involved a lesson study. The department head group I support went through a lesson study to try out the pedagogy of our revised program of studies. The lesson study had a significant impact on their feelings about the revised curriculum.

    I am convinced that lesson study is the answer to improving practice in math classrooms. When a group of professionals collaboratively plan a research lesson, then teach it and analyze it, everyone’s practice is affected. It is a powerful tool. If you want to see my (boring) capping paper, let me know and I’d be happy to pass it along.

    1. Wow, I’d love to read your paper talking about lesson study. I actually know very little about it — so I’d love to get some perspective before I get thrown in. Thank you in advance!

  2. I’m glad I’m not the only one with dead brain! Have a most restful summer, and I look forward to hearding about your math adventure. Japanese lesson study is becoming sort-of popular here as an idea to try, but as of right now we really don’t have the supports in place to make it work in a realistic & sustained way.

  3. I love PCMI. I attended for 2 summers WAY back when. Park City is gorgeous, and you can walk everywhere, and there are many great teachers there to brainstorm math with. Have a great time.

    1. Thank you for sharing that. I am actually getting nervous! Not about PCMI per se, but the staying in a new place and meeting new people. So I’m glad that it was a wonderful experience for you.

      1. Well, probably just like most everything else, there are people you’ll click with and ones you won’t, but I found tons of nice people and great math and teaching conversations. Just think! Here are people willing to give up 3 weeks of their summer to do math …. they MUST be cool. Also, I don’t know if they still do this, but way back in the early 2000’s, we participated in the 4th of July parade and did some geeky math floats. One year we had a Sierpinski’s triangle kite, and it was huge (4 feet?) and it would periodically blow up into the wind (being a kite and all) from the PVC pipe we concocted.

        Ms. Cookie

  4. Lesson study is something that really interests me – I can’t wait to hear about what you learn at your workshop! I’m planning to work with one of my professors (I’m a master’s student) on a research project involving lesson study.

    @John, I’d be interested in your paper if you don’t mind sharing (mmeblue at gmail).

  5. 2nd the love for PCMI! Spent three summers there…best math professional development I’ve ever done (and lots of great people).

    btw…you will definitely not be “vegging” in Utah. Prepare yourself. :)

    1. Three summers! It must have been incredible. I definitely won’t be vegging out in Utah – I’ll be all there! Two summers ago I did a 1 week summer thing in NYC where we had really full days / nights. Exhausting, but rewarding because of the intensity of it all.

      THANK YOU for sharing.

    1. hahaha – I’m going to not be on Twitter regularly, I don’t think, when in Utah/SF. However, @misscalcul8 has agreed to take up the torch. You should help her!


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