I&U Ep5: What did your favorite math teacher teach you about math teaching?

Welcome to Episode 5 of my summer video series—Imperfect and Unfinished: Stories for Reflection and Teacher Renewal

Teaching is a cultural activity.  People within a culture share a mental picture of what teaching is like. We call this mental picture a script. 

James Stigler and James Hiebert, The Teaching Gap

Where we’ve been…

In Episode 4, I shared my math story as a way of showing you that teaching is a cultural activity. We tend to teach how we were taught—especially in the math classroom. And we need to be aware of our cultural beliefs about math teaching because much of what we’ve internalized about math class as students can be quite unproductive to our work as math teachers.

Where we’re going…

Here’s a story about my favorite math teacher and what I learned from him about good math teaching.

In this episode, I finish my math story by talking about my favorite math teacher—Mr. Bosman. I want to share what I learned from him and how he impacted me, not just as a math student, but as a math teacher. Find out more by watching the video above!

In the reflection activity for this episode, I invite you (and your colleagues) to share your responses to the following questions: What did your favorite math teacher teach you about good math teaching? And what was it about you as a student that allowed you to be influenced so much by this teacher?

See you down the road!


Share your story with us. Here’s how!

I hope the stories and activities in these videos help us create communities of belonging and grace—the type of relationships we need as imperfect and unfinished teachers. And I’m inviting you to share your story with us and the people you work with.

  • Reach out to a colleague. Send them a link to Episode 1. Tell them what your experience has been like and invite them on the journey with us.
  • Share your experience with us in the comments section of this blog post. And perhaps take a moment to reply to a comment that’s been written.
  • Join us in our Facebook Group: The Imperfect and Unfinished Math Teacher. It’s not just for math teachers. If you’re enjoying these videos, come on over and find us there.
  • Follow me on Twitter (@mathgeek76) and let’s start a conversation. We’re using #ImperfectUnfinished.
  • Send me an email at chase@undercovercalculus.com. You’re not alone. I’ll geek out with you.

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