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2013/14

  • Led a 90 minute workshop on creating an online support community with fresh Math for America teachers who were about to enter their own classroom for the first time. I did this the previous summer too — but I changed the content quite a bit this time. (The slides from this workshop are here.)

2012/13

  • Worked with a science teacher to create a new digital math-science journal called Intersections. Tapped four students to create the mission for the journal, and held weekly meetings with the students to develop the journal. Helped students create a presentation for the Upper School student body. (The initial idea for the journal is outlined here and the blow-by-blow about how it was created is here.)
  • Was a new faculty mentor for a new Upper School math teacher.
  • Designed an Advanced Precalculus course from scratch, reorganizing the curriculum and creating new materials. The philosophy undergirding the materials is that students work in groups to collaboratively create the mathematics — where no formula is given and all concepts are developed through problems. (Examples are here and here.)
  • Organized and led a “new blogger initiation” online to assist teachers who are new to blogging to make the transition. For four weeks, up to 140 teachers started blogs and responded to prompts. (An archive of the new blogger initiation, with prompts, are here.)
  • Based on a workshop I led at Twitter Math Camp 2012 (TMC12), I designed a webpage called Welcome to the Mathtwitterblogosphere to assist teachers how to get involved with using blogs and twitter to improve their teaching. This website was mentioned in the U.S. Department of Education newsletter “Teaching Matters” (look at the Teachers’ Notes section).
  • Led a 90 minute workshop on creating an online support community with fresh Math for America teachers who were about to enter their own classroom for the first time. (The slides from the workshop are here.)
  • Served as a faculty representative on the Student-Faculty Judiciary Committee for a little over one quarter. Helped transition the new faculty advisor to lead the Student-Faculty Judiciary Committee. (Click here to learn more about the SFJC.)
  • Adviser for nine 10th grade students
  • Part of the Scheduling Committee (a group of teachers and administrators who met for a few three hour meetings to discuss various options for changing the daily academic schedule)
  • College Essay Mentor for six seniors students
  • Co-adviser for Math Club (with Maria Stutt). Continued offering and promoting the New York Math League. Continued organizing the  American Math Competition, and had (update) students take it (continuing our trend from the previous couple years). At the end of the year, the upper school faculty members nominate and vote on one club or organization that they believe has given back to the community in a substantial way. This year math club was the recipient of the J. Geoffrey Pierson Leadership Award.

2011/12 

  • Faculty advisor on the Student-Faculty Judiciary Committee. (The faculty advisor runs the committee, and is not just a voting member. Click here to learn more about the SFJC.)
  • Created the website for the inaugural Twitter Math Camp 2012 (TMC 12) conference; Led a workshop titled “Welcome to the Dark Side” which had participants reflect on what made their experiences on blogs and twitter positive, and what barriers they felt when joining the community (the results of this workshop informed this website I created to assist teachers in joining our online community). Slides from the workshop are here.
  • Was involved in a peer observation group, where teachers observed each other and had follow up conversations, and also performed video analysis of our teaching. Additionally, the group talked about creating an informal peer observation network.
  • Adviser for ten 10th grade students
  • College Essay Mentor for six seniors students
  • Co-adviser for Math Club (with Maria Stutt). Continued offering and promoting the New York Math League. Continued organizing the  American Math Competition, and had 113 students take it (continuing our trend from the previous couple years).
  • Assisted with hiring a new Upper School math teacher and a new Upper School learning specialist

2010/11 

  • Faculty advisor on the Student-Faculty Judiciary Committee. (This is a change from the previous two years; the faculty advisor runs the committee, and is not just a voting member. Click here to learn more about the SFJC.)
  • Planned, with a dean and a science teacher, a series of meetings investigating Academic Integrity for 11 Upper School faculty members
  • Co-adviser for eleven 10th grade students
  • College Essay Mentor for six seniors students
  • Implemented Standards Based Grading in my calculus courses.
  • Co-adviser for Math Club (with Maria Stutt). Continued offering and promoting the New York Math League. Continued organizing the  American Math Competition, and had 123 students take it (from around a dozen two years ago to 116 last year)
  • Participated in a regular meeting with math teacher colleagues on Geometer’s Sketchpad

2009/10 

  • Faculty representative on the Student-Faculty Judiciary Committee. (This is the most rewarding thing I do outside of the classroom. Click here to learn more about it.)
  • Adviser for ten 10th grade students
  • Co-adviser for Math Club (with Maria Stutt). The major pushes this year have been math competitions. We promoted a new math competition — the New York Math League — and significantly increased the number of students taking the American Math Competition from around a dozen or so in years past to 116 this year!
  • On the hiring committee for an Upper School math teacher
  • Designed and participated in an Independent Research Project with five fellow math and science, committed to discussing how to teach problem solving in the classroom.
  • Elected Upper School faculty representative on the Faculty and Staff Advisory Committee (FSAC) — a committee where faculty and staff can anonymously make complaints or ask questions about policies without fear of reprisal. My two year term ended.
  • College Essay Mentor for six seniors students
  • Member of the Excellence in Teaching Award Selection Committee

2008/9 

  • Faculty representative on the Student-Faculty Judiciary Committee. (This is the most rewarding thing I do outside of the classroom. Click here to learn more about it.)
  • Adviser for eleven 10th grade students
  • Adviser for Math Club
  • Elected Upper School faculty representative on the Faculty and Staff Advisory Committee (FSAC) — a committee where faculty and staff can anonymously make complaints or ask questions about policies without fear of reprisal
  • Designed and participated in an Independent Research Project with three fellow teachers, committed to investigating how the math and science curricula are aligned and misaligned. Our presentation is on this page, and our recommendations are here
  • College Essay Mentor for six seniors students
  • Member of the Excellence in Teaching Award Selection Committee
  • Member of the Summer 2009 Common Read Committee (selects a book for all Upper School students and faculty to read over the summer)
  • Designed a Multivariable Calculus course from scratch (and taught it for the first time!). You can see the resources I’ve amassed here
  • Worked with fellow math teachers to re-create the scope and sequencing of the Algebra II-Precalculus sequence, including choosing new textbooks for the courses

2007/8 

  • Co-adviser for eleven 10th grade students
  • Co-adviser for Math Club (with Rob Martin)
  • Member of the Summer 2009 Common Read Committee (selects a book for all Upper School students and faculty to read over the summer)
  • Member on the Administrative Restructuring of the Upper School Committee
  • Member of the Class Dean and Assistant Head of the Upper School Hiring Committee
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