One powerful lens that I find fascinating and incredibly rich is to take the stance of a student. Based on interacting with a student–listening to what they say, watching intently as the do, draw, or create something–and ultimately wondering, based on what I know about this student (history), the context we are in (situation), what might […]Read More Student thinking as a source of insight.
I’ve recently been reminded of the power of an important lesson from a wonderful children’s story: What do you do with an idea? You Change the world. Today in revising my research agenda I found myself having greater clarity. This was helpful in thinking about my writing and analyses projects from which I’m becoming more […]Read More What do you do with an idea?
Believe. “I can make a difference with my ideas.” At a Research I institution they are training you to become a leader in your field. The goal is to make advances in theory, practice, policy, and otherwise through original academic research and collaborations. 99% of academic debate is chasing the idea (with only 1% being personal…). This […]Read More What might you learn with an open mind?
I’ve never trained for a marathon that I’ve ran in as a race, per se, but I’ve been advised to adopt this metaphor as a means to characterize the experience of a successful scholar in mathematics education. I am engaged in a myriad of research, professional development, writing, and networking activities, all of which have […]Read More A Marathon, Not a Sprint
I was recently inspired to tell stories. In a talk by Dr. Susan May Basalla, she told of the stories she has learned from others seeking positions outside of academia. In her talk she spoke of being inspired by things that motivate us, that we are passionate about, taking our own paths that are certainly […]Read More Telling stories.
One lesson that I’ve learned in my post as a postdoctoral fellow is to Believe In Your Own Work. A mentor of mine told me a story about how a senior scholar had submitted his master’s thesis to JRME. His submission was originally rejected. Upon receiving the reviews, he responded to the editor in disagreement with the reviewers, […]Read More Believe in your own work.
I aspire to being a leader in the field of mathematics education. To pursuing excellence and shaping the direction of our future generations of students, teachers, and other educational leaders. In some ways, I struggle in understanding how the greats got to be where they are. I’ve been collecting quotes from movies and songs that […]Read More Working hard.