Buys, busy summer! Lots and lots going on right now. First, my TEDxBloomington talk is now archived on YouTube!
Also, I'm in the beginning stages of a brand new book project with Moebius Noodles which includes a collaboration between Maria Droujkova, Gord from Math Pickle and myself (along with a special guest). Here's a screenshot from our first meeting. And, if you haven't bought or downloaded your copy of the new Moebius Noodles book, don't delay! It's super fantastic.
Also, along with six weeks of K-6 programming through the Summer Arts for Youth program via Arts for Learning in Indianapolis I'll be presenting with my Teaching Artist Handbook colleagues at the HOT Schools Summer Institute in Connecticut.
And, through the generosity of the Lambent Foundation I will be attending a summer institute through the Harvard Graduate School of Education -- The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning with Yo-Yo Ma, the Silkroad Ensemble and Project Zero faculty. And, while I'm in the Boston area I've got an opportunity to tour MIT's Lifelong Kindergarten lab! I've been reading Seymour Papert's The Children's Machine and you can imagine how stoked I am to have a chance to meet and talk with the folks there!
I'm also looking for new contributors for ALT/space, the international online writing project for the Teaching Artist Journal. If you know someone working at the intersection of arts and learning who is doing interesting work and interested in sharing stories of their teaching practice with the field, send them my way!!
Have a very happy summer everyone!
It was an amazing process and, finally, an amazing day at TEDxBloomington. (There I am in the green/yellow shirt at the end of the day when all the speakers, crew and organizers made their way onto the stage.) My talk will be online in the next couple months (post-production can take some time) alongside the talks from Drew Ramsey, MD (one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of dietary change to balance mood, sharpen brain function and improve mental health), Ryan Germick (Google Doodle team lead), Eric Deggans (TV/Media Critic for the Tampa Bay Times and author of Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation), Robert Einterz, MD (whose efforts have literally saved thousands of AIDS inflicted people in Kenya) and many other incredible people with incredible stories. I was in fine company and it was an honor to share my my work in this way.
There's been a flurry of fun and activity this month in Math in Your Feet land! Here's a wrap-up of the new things happening, including updates to the Math in Your Feet website and other projects I'm involved in:
- Have you booked a residency or a workshop? There is now a Program Materials page so you can read, download and/or print student materials before a workshop or residency.
- I'm excited to announce the launch of Teaching Artist Tool Shop, a collective of artists, teaching artists and arts educators. We are producing videos and other materials that present concrete, interesting and useful teaching tools that derive from years of practical experience and engage theoretical ideas that are firmly rooted in
practice. You can see my first video on the Teaching Artist Tool Shop Page, and access the video guide and overview there as well.
- I was recently invited to become a regular contributor to the Moebius Noodles blog, a leader in adventurous, rich math experiences for babies, toddlers, young children and their adults! You can read more about my writing and
editing projects here.
- I'll be presenting about Math in Your Feet at TEDxBloomington on March 22, 2013. If you're not in Bloomington at that time, don't worry! It'll be live-streamed the day of and archived on YouTube!
- Some fun new posts on the blog include building multiplication towers in the post Messin' Around with the Commutative Property and an exciting new math book I found that deals with both multiplication and scale in the post Ten Times Better, Longer, Faster, Farther: Understanding Scale.
For that matter, you might also be interested in the aha! moment my daughter had about units in the post When is a 10 not a 10? or perhaps you're looking for some good math games? Don't miss my post My Favorite Math Games and Interactives: Online & Off!
Phew! That's a LOT! I hope the New Year is getting off to a great start for you as well!
All the best,
It really couldn't be more perfect. I've been invited to speak at TEDxBloomington on Friday, March 22, 2013. I'll be describing and illustrating how "Jump Patters" (a tool I created so anyone could choreograph percussive dance steps) creates an active and meaningful bridge to mathematics. If you can't make it all the way to Bloomington, IN, don't despair! Each talk of the day will be archived on YouTube!! More details to come, I'm sure!