Do you believe in Romance? Have you ever been swept off of your feet?
Regardless your answer or perspectives about this word — a word that can play both the roles of noun or verb very well— the teaching and learning of mathematics requires Romance more than we know.
Merriam-Webster defines Romance as follows: “an emotional attraction or aura belonging to an especially heroic era, adventure, or activity.”
Let’s, for a moment, posit that learning mathematics requires Romance — that it requires an attraction to something legendary or to adventure. And that without it, it’d be nearly impossible to experience success with teaching and learning ← → learning and teaching mathematics. That seems quite contrary to the decades-old mainstay for ‘success’ in school mathematics: Precision.
I am passionate about leadership for learning and teaching and learning through inquiry. Through collaborative exploration of high-yield, pedagogical strategies, I have been able to further engage students to deepen their learning and fellow educators in continuously growing their practice--Flipped Learning, Thinking Classrooms, culturing Student Voice, and balancing approaches to instruction in Mathematics--as examples. I hope that this site serves you well in your educational journey through teaching and learning by moving professional learning into your time ... your space. If you have questions or feedback, please feel free to contact me. Sincerely, Chris Stewart (OCT).