Episode 111: Josh Giesbrecht

Posted in Interview, Podcast on May 26, 2013 by Ashli

This conversation was kicked off after I read Josh’s blogpost Why school itself undermines the message of lifelong learning. The subtext we send students daily in class through the format of how we teach and grade is something that’s interested me since I started teaching. In Episode 111, Josh and I chat about some of our experiences and thoughts surrounding the messages we send our students and how life doesn’t go downhill after high school.

As always, you can download the mp3 directly from libsyn or find us on Stitcher Internet Radio or iTunes.

Episode 110: Cheesemonkeysf, Part 2

Posted in Interview, Podcast on May 12, 2013 by Ashli

Here is part two of my interview with @cheesemonkeysf where we talk about resourcefulness, those lightbulb moments, and cheesemonkeyef shows her English teacher side. The blog post that kicked off much of the discussion can be found over at josh g.’s notes, and in two weeks Tangents will be back with an interview with Josh himself.

As always, you can download the mp3 directly from libsyn and I am pleased to announce that we are now also available on Stitcher Internet Radio!


Cheesemonkeysf’s Question for you: (answer in the comments!)

How are you working to create a shame-free environment in your math classroom that leaves space for everyone to experience their mathematics in their own way?

Episode 109: @cheesemonkeysf, Part 1

Posted in Interview, Podcast on May 3, 2013 by Ashli


After a delightful lunch with Avery and Bree, today’s guest and I sat down to chat about her history in the teaching world, some thoughts on teaching middle school, and musings about the twitterverse. You can download the mp3 here.

And hello to visitors from the Math Forum! Many thanks to them for listing Tangents in their most recent newsletter. If you’ve never had a chance to check them out, I highly recommend their Problems of the Week as a place to start.


In case you are wondering what Sam we’re talking about, you can find him here.

The Math Forum’s EnCoMPASS program.

Children Doing Mathematics by Terezinha Nunes and Peter Bryant.

Cheesemonkeysf’s Question for you:

How are you working to create a shame-free environment in your math classroom that leaves space for everyone to experience their mathematics in their own way?

Episode 108: NCTM Trivia — Play-along!

Posted in Short Form on April 28, 2013 by Ashli

This is going to be a noisy one, but there is only so much one can do when recording in a bar full of math teachers. Episode 108 is for fun and the [explicit] label is due to being in a bar and not having control over the roar of the crowd as answers are read.

This trivia night was hosted by Desmos (amazing thing they got going on there and great people to boot!) and Mathalicious (if you don’t follow them you are missing out on some quality lessons). For your own amusement, go here to download a copy of the trivia questions to fill out before you listen. You can then score yourself (or get a friend involved–heck, make it a math department event!) and listen as MC Dan Meyer reads out the answers and announces the winners.

As always, you can grab the podcast over on iTunes, or download it directly from libsyn.

If you want to read more about some of the sessions at NCTM 2013, check out Math Recap.

Make it a great week everyone!

Episode 107: Tips for Pre-Service Teachers Part 1, a Principal’s Advice

Posted in Interview, Podcast, Short Form on April 25, 2013 by Ashli

Today marks the first episode of an ongoing series focused on tips for Pre-Service Teachers. I sat down with a principal (fun fact: he was my principal!) to ask a few questions about interviewing, demo lessons, working with peers, and what advice he had for first year teachers. If you are a pre-service teacher and there are things you’d like to hear on a future entry in the series, send me a note at ashli (dot) black (at) gmail (dot) com.

As always, you can grab the podcast over on iTunes, or download it directly from libsyn.

Don’t forget to check out the DITLife Tumblr  and record your own DITLife entry for Tangents!

Next week: the illustrious @cheesemonkeysf

Episode 106: DITLife

Posted in Podcast, Short Form on April 18, 2013 by Ashli

Due to the craziness known as NCSM and NCTM, I’m switching up the plan a bit for this week. The Day In The Life of an Educator Tumblr came out last year and featured posts from teachers from all over sharing their days. Most posts went up on the planned day of November 17th, and since then entries have been petering off. I would like to make DITLife a regular thing here at Tangents and once a month (or more!) feature a teacher telling us about their day. Today’s cast features a conversation I had with Tina Cardone about the tumblr, some teaching anecdotes (never bored!), and how you can submit.

You can find the episode here, or catch it over on iTunes.

Links from the Episode:

DITLife Tumblr

Julie’s video entry

You still have time to turn in a prompt for next week! Introduce yourself and let everyone know what your favorite snack is. Once you have it recorded, shoot it off to my email: ashli (dot) black (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

Episode 105: Without Geometry, Life is Pointless

Posted in Interview, Podcast on April 11, 2013 by Ashli
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Rochester Black

After letting me crash at his place, Avery agreed to podcasting about his intro into teaching, some classroom projects and how his school is working on status issues. And yes, the cat in the picture is the one you hear in the podcast. Looks so unassuming, doesn’t he?


Avery’s blog and twitter

Park City Mathematics Institute

St. Ann’s (and some cool things math teacher’s at St. Ann’s do)

Lockhart’s book

Dr. Deborah Ball

Avery’s Question: Assume we are ridiculously successful at improving mathematics education. What does that look like 10 years down the road?

Prompt for next week: What is your favorite snack? (don’t forget to introduce yourself at the start of your clip!)