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Time Saving Tips in Activity Builder

12 September 2019

My colleague Sean Sweeney suggested a post on time-saving tips in Activity Builder, to share with all who work with this tool. So I put out a quick call to the rest of my colleagues, and the result is the following list.

If you’re a regular user of Activity Builder, I hope there is something new for you on the list, just as there was for me.

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How Might You Know?

04 September 2019

“Is this right?”

A seemingly simple question with a seemingly simple answer.

One thing I have learned in the classroom is that each side of this dialogue is anything but. There are hidden assumptions about power, authority, and ownership of ideas. One thing I have wondered is: How can I make small tweaks in my practice to move away from being the arbiter of right and wrong?

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Creating a More Inclusive Fellowship Weekend for Educators

21 August 2019

In a previous post, we described our attempts to reduce bias in the selection process for our Desmos Fellowship, an application-based program from which we select 40 people every year for an all-expenses paid trip to San Francisco for a weekend of mutual learning. We seek a diverse group of participants for the Fellowship because we want to support a diverse group of teachers and students with our work, and the Fellows offer us some of our most important instruction about this goal every year.

But we are reminded by the president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Robert Berry, that “it is possible to have diversity without inclusion.” Desmos Fellow Lauren Baucom noted similarly last year that it is one thing to feel invited, and another much more significant thing to feel as though you belong.

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