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!)

Episode104: Illustrative Mathematics

Posted in Prompts, Short Form on April 4, 2013 by Ashli


We’re on Short Form this week and I’m on the road. Thanks to the teachers who submitted their answers to this week’s prompt: what do you do during lunch? You can find the episode here, or catch it over on iTunes.

Do use that feedback link over on the right-hand side of the page to let me know what you want to hear or if there is something you would like to contribute to the podcast.

Links from the Episode:

Math Mistakes, (by @mpershan, see his blog here)

One Good Thing (by @rdkpickle, the post that started it all)

Illustrative Mathematics (Fractions Progression Illustration, Draft SMP Illustrations, search by standard for tasks)

Episode 103: Tina Cardone

Posted in Interview, Podcast on March 28, 2013 by Ashli

We’re back to long form (around 50 minutes) this week with Episode 103 featuring the wonderful Tina Cardone of Drawing on Math. You can either download the podcast directly or subscribe to Infinite Tangents on iTunes. Below are some links to things discussed in the Podcast. Don’t forget to reply to Tina’s question in the comments and send in your response to this weeks’ prompt before next Thursday!



Productive Struggle

CME Textbooks (best textbooks ever!)

Tina’s Question for You: What sort of online resources are you looking for and what would make the current online resources more widely accessible?

Prompt for next week: What do you do during lunch?

Feedback is always appreciated and can be given using the ‘feedback‘ link on the right hand side of the blog.

Thanks for listening!

Episode 102: GReader is Dead, Long Live RSS

Posted in Podcast, Prompts, Short Form on March 21, 2013 by Ashli

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Welcome to the second episode of the podcast! We’re on Short Form this week which means there are multiple topics covered and you’ll get to hear some responses to last week’s prompt: How do you start your teaching day? You can find the episode here, or catch it over at iTunes when the feed gets picked up (hopefully sometime Thursday morning, I’m not really sure how long all this stuff takes).

Links from the Episode:

Daily Desmos

Global Math Department and Julie’s Presentation on GDocs

Readers: Feedly, Flipboard, Newsblur, Digg

Prompt Responders: @fawnpnguyen, @wahedahbug, @samjshah, @johnberray, @sarcasymptote. If you are not following these folks on twitter, I highly recommend!

Next week we’ll be back to Long Form chatting with the delightful @crstn85 of Drawing on Math. Thanks for listening!

Episode 101: Mathy McMatherson

Posted in Interview, Podcast on March 14, 2013 by Ashli

Happy Pi Day!

We are live on iTunes, though it may take a while for the rss feed to filter into iTunes with the latest episode, so for now check out this link. To find the podcast on iTunes, just search for “infinite tangents”. [Update: it’s on iTunes now!]

Many thanks to Daniel for being a willing subject for this one. He’s amazing fun to chat with and is making a great practice for himself. Check out his blog (though I suspect you already have).

Prompt for next week: How do you start your teaching day?
To submit a response for the prompt, find a mic (usb ones work great!) and record your response in a quiet place. Don’t forget to include who/where you are (your choice on how detailed you are here) and if you could keep your response to the prompt around 30 seconds, it would be much appreciated. Mp3, Aud, and Wav formats are preferred for recording but if you record using something else just ask. Prompts can be sent to my email (ashli (dot) black (at) gmail (dot) com).

As mentioned in the podcast, I’ll be switching up formats so next week is focused on news and info in the edutwitterblogosphere (Greader is going away?!) and responses to the promt above. And maybe other things. The podcast is young, and I am so changeable.

Thanks everyone!

Learn more about this sculpture at http://www.philomorph.net/

Learn more about this sculpture at http://www.philomorph.net/

ps If you like the podcast and have a twitter, send a shout out with the link and #8tangents

pps Don’t forget to answer Daniel’s question in the comments below!

Let’s get this party started!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 9, 2013 by Ashli

I am happy to announce that next Thursday, March 14th, 2013, a.k.a. Pi Day, will be the official launch of the Infinite Tangents Podcast!

In preparation for the launch, I’ve created a short introduction to the podcast covering its host, its goals, and how you can help. You listen to the intro here.

As mentioned in the podcast, there are a few ways you can help out to make Infinite Tangents worth listening to.

1. Drop me a line in the comments or DM me on twitter (@mythagon) to let me know who you’d like to hear and why.

2. Get your voice out there by answering one/some/all of the prompts below! Just record yourself in a quiet place saying the question and your response. These are meant to be quick, so responses under 30 seconds are appreciated, though I’m not going to music you off the stage if you’re making a great point. Once you’ve recorded, drop me a line at ashli (dot) black (at) gmail (dot) com. (You’ll need to clean that up–trying to avoid the spiders on the internet that send spam.) If the file seems too large to email we can figure out a way to transfer it via dropbox or google drive.
-How do you start your teaching day?
-What do you do during lunch?
-What’s your favorite snack?
-What would you like to get done in the times between classes?
-Do you find yourself only talking about teaching? How do you stop?
-When do you grade?
-What do you do during your planning time?
-Do you do peer observation or review?
-What are the attributes of an effective teacher you work with?
-How do you reflect on your teaching & what do you see as the benefit of doing so?
-If you could have time with anyone out there in the edu-sphere, who would you choose and why?

Thanks to everyone who has offered their support and suggestions so far, I look forward to hearing your stories.



p.s. The podcast will be available on iTunes, but it takes a while to work through the system. I’ll let you all know when you can subscribe to it there :]

Live Podcast Dates

Posted in Uncategorized on December 12, 2012 by Ashli

I’ve got some travel ahead this year and would love to record some in-person conversations. The following dates are tentative and subject to change (I’ve already had one conference date moved twice), but if you are in the area and interested in participating, please drop a line in the comments or send a DM on twitter to @mythagon and I’ll be in touch.

February 1 – 3: Tucson, AZ

March 1 – 3: Syracuse, NY (IM&E)

April 3 – 5: Berkeley, CA (MSRI)

April 6 – 12: Seattle, WA

April 14 – 20: Denver, CO (ASSM, NCSM, NCTM)

May 3 – 4: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (SUM13) sadly, timing and expenses did not work out for this 😦

Hope to see you around!