As you may remember from an earlier post, I’m a big fan of Barry Garelick. I appreciate his articles about math instruction for how they’ve informed and influenced my thinking around the ‘math wars’ (try here, here, or here, for instance, for a few particularly rich samples). I appreciate his 2015 book, Confessions of a 21st Century Math Teacher, for how it is able to put me into the shoes of today’s math teachers. I appreciate his cheeky commentaries via social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter for the lessons they continue to teach me about how to directly — though never disrespectfully — disagree.
I could go on. Check out some of the above links, buy his book, follow him on Twitter, and/or whatever, and you’ll soon see what I mean.
All that said, I’d like to take a moment here to point you to a pretty special moment for me and Education Is Upside-Down: Barry Garelick’s very nice review of the book this past week at Education News. It says things I wish anyone, much less someone as thoughtful and seasoned as Barry, would say about the book. I’m very proud of it. He doesn’t agree with everything in it, of course (we’re a bit split on Common Core — the math side in particular), but even there he handles our divergence with remarkable intellectual grace. Simply, it’s the kind of disagreement that makes me want to know more…and, really, I guess that’s what this whole learning thing is about. Takes a pretty special teacher to pull that off, if you ask me.
Have a look at the review when you get a chance, and definitely check out Barry’s work. You’ll be happy you did.
Thanks, Mr. Garelick, for the time and attention to the book. I’m really glad to have connected this way, and I look forward to future conversation.