#TMC17 My Mini Revelation

Day one, hour two of #TMC17 and I had my first revelation.

Our two hour session over structuring debate literally flew by and our exit slip question was something we've learned.

I stopped to actually think and it hit me...

I don't have to go all or nothing with every idea.

That may seem obvious to you but if you're reading this blog then you should know my personality by now. In the few seconds I started to frustrate myself with how to incorporate debate into every lesson, I chose a different path.

I could do this one or twice a unit.

We covered talking points which I tried and failed at a couple years ago. In the few seconds I started to frustrate myself with how to bring those back and do a better job, I chose a different path.

I could do this once or twice a unit.

Suddenly I saw  my math "toolbox" in a different light.

I've always looked for new tools to add to the box. But when it comes to using the tool, I want to use it for every job until I die or it does. Now I can see how I have enough tools (thanks to my Twitter teacher lounge) to choose them strategically. I can rotate the tools and no one has to die!

The tools will last longer!

They will seem fresh each time I use them!

My skills in using them will stay sharper!

I won't get tired of using one tool forever!

I won't feel guilty for not using the great tools that have been shared with me!

I won't feel guilty.


  1. I love this post and this insight. I've talked to people who gave up on MTBoS because they were led to expect that mtbos activities, if done regularly, would solve a lot of the teaching problems that come up in an algebra 1 class. After trying it for several years, they left the community, disappointed that the promised results hadn't come. I think this is an understandable result of some mtbos rhetoric.

    Your take is refreshing, and freeing. Thank you for sharing it.

    1. Thanks Michael. I'm not sure that any of us can promise results, just a promise to keep trying. :)