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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Why today was a great day.

My 5th hour had a breakthrough today in whiteboarding. My students are finally starting to get it. They had about a 5 minute discussion without asking me anything. By the end they had developed consensus on three big issues without me prompting much at all. It wasn't much but it was enough to make me pursue it further. It's kinda the same reason I still play golf. Everytime I swear I'm going to give up the game forever I hit that one perfect shot. I'm hoping I have more great whiteboarding moments than good golf shots. It just reinforces my opinion that taking a simple 3 week workshop may turn into one of the most pivotal important moments of my teaching career.


  1. I know what you mean Bryan. Last weekend it occured to me that the title of your presentation at MSTA should be titled: Swallowing the Red Pill - Past the Point of No Return in Teaching

    Like Neo in the Matrix, once your swallow the red pill the world is revealed in whole new way...

  2. That is beautiful Jim. Now I need to find that poster. I think it is true for the kids as well. I already have so many kids telling me how much they like my class because of how much they feel they are learning. Now don't get me wrong... They still are mad that I won't answer their questions!