This winter I wrapped up my manuscript and submitted it to Heinemann. It’ll be out in the Fall. In the aftermath, as the realization that 2 1/2 years of concerted effort and inquiry were now behind me, I decided to close up my blog of 5+ years. It is an old friend and a repository and archive for the process by which I came to strengthen and deepen my understanding of “what math is”, grow my teaching practice, and write my books.
I do have plans to develop blogs related to my two new books, but I thought maybe my days of musing were over.
Not so. Second thoughts about this topic surfaced on my drive home from a really nice three day trip to the University of Michigan. I had spent my time working with Martin Strauss, the undergraduate math club, a middle school math circle, and 4th through 6th grade girls.
Working with the undergraduates in particular had pushed me to frame (or maybe, re frame) my work with Math in Your Feet. I decided to call my math club presentation “Math in Unexpected Spaces” which is literally and figuratively what my work is about. I described my presentation like this:
Experience math as both an art and a science using just a little bit of tape and your own two feet. Harness the math of making and making comparisons to explore congruence, symmetry, transformations, categorical variables, group theory, and spatially complex physical/temporal patterns.
It was a delightful hour of mathematical thinking. During the elementary sessions I had math undergrad helpers. They were super curious about my use of “congruence” in this context and gave me a lovely short primer on group theory.
So there I was, driving home after all this, realizing that just posting a few things to Twitter & Facebook were really not going to be satisfying in the long term. I now have a new sort-it-out, musing, thinking, overthinking, making connections blog for myself.
I still have so much to explore and learn. I hope that you will join me for some of it. Conversations welcome, push back expected. Let’s get started!