Imperfect and Unfinished, Episode 1: The Rudy Story

Hello! It’s been almost a whole year since I’ve posted. And there’s lots to catch up on. Let’s dive right in.

In my last post, I mentioned I was moving into Stoop, my tiny-home on wheels. I made the move, in part, so I could finish writing my book. And I’m pleased to tell you that The Imperfect and Unfinished Math Teacher is completed and scheduled to come out 2/22/22. It outlines a journey for us, K-12 teachers of mathematics, to reclaim control over our professional growth. And it’s for anyone—classroom teachers, coaches, leaders, professors, parents—with a vested interest in improving the quality of teaching and learning experiences in the math classroom.

To help introduce the book, I’m starting a creative project called “Imperfect and Unfinished”—a series of a few short (5-7 minute) audio files that are designed to get the conversation going because you and your colleagues are authors of this book as well. (It even says so on the cover!)

Give Episode 1 a listen and find out what I mean by that. You can listen by using the player below or find it on SoundCloud here.

Episode 1 of Imperfect and Unfinished: The Rudy Story

I invite you to share this story with at least one colleague and talk to each other about what you see and what matters most to you about this moment. And most importantly, remember that these stories are not about being right or wrong. There are often no “right” or “wrong” decisions to make in many of the professional dilemmas we face. Simply listen to each other and get to know the colleagues you work with a little bit more deeply and the passions that motivate them as imperfect and unfinished math teachers. Even though you, like me, are imperfect and unfinished, we have much to learn from each other. And it’s time we start thinking differently about the ways we relate to each other and how we talk about the work we do.

I invite you to continue the conversation with me in the comment section below or on Twitter (@mathgeek76) using #imperfectunfinished. See you down the road.

You and your colleagues are authors of this book, just as much as I am. It even says so on the cover!

My deepest thanks to my editor, Erin Null at Corwin Press; my co-thinking partners, Jeff Crawford and Steve Leinwand; and everyone else who helped me get this book to where it is.

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