About

My purpose with this blog is to have an outlet for my ideas as I learn and grow in the teaching profession.  I find that I process while I write, so I have a hunch this blog will help to ground me more firmly in my views and educational vision, and will also provide me with feedback (presuming I develop an audience! 🙂  ) on these ideas as an avenue for further growth.

My aim is not to be profound or verbose nor juvenile or unproductive or offensive.  I invite any readers of this blog to constructively critique ideas they read if they feel the need to do so, or build on these ideas as the moment may strike you.  My aim is to have a place to record my ideas and help me to trace their development, and hopefully grow into a better teacher due to my investment in this blog.

Some background: I have been teaching mathematics in middle school and high schools internationally since August 2003, and have taught in Antigua, Ghana, Vietnam, and Korea.  These experiences have afforded me wonderful opportunities to learn in so many different ways inside and outside the classroom.

Hiking in Anja Community Reserve, Ambalavao, Madagascar; Summer 2010

Hiking in Anja Community Reserve, Ambalavao, Madagascar; Summer 2010

In 2012-13, I attended the University of British Columbia full time to complete a Master of Education in Mathematics Education in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy. I chose to do this because I wanted to challenge myself and my convictions while interacting face-to-face with a cohort of talented professionals, and further ground my practice in educational research.  I also continued to get some hiking and travelling in, and met some great people while living at Green College.

Hike to Garibaldi Lake, BC, Canada, July 2012

Hike to Garibaldi Lake, BC, Canada, July 2012

It was at this time that I began this blog to process the ideas I was learning and the thoughts I was having, and I hope to continue to use this blog to do so as my career progresses.

I don’t know where this journey will take me, but as long as I am going somewhere, I’m content. And if this journey is as exciting as my international travels have been, it’s going to be one heck of a ride!

So welcome! Thanks for taking the time to visit. Your feedback is immensely appreciated.

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  1. Dear Robert,
    As a proponent of math education in the United States, we need your help to promote our nationwide math competition by blogging or posting about it on your blog/forum.

    As you probably already know, despite the fact that the US spends the most money on education per capita, our students are ranked 25th globally for math proficiency. The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to improving that statistic. MATHCOUNTS’ third annual “ Math Video Challenge” is a math competition for 6th to 8th graders that encourages student innovation as they create and star in their own math videos, thus exciting them to pursue higher education in math.

    As the webmaster of Teaching Expedition, we are asking you to help support this effort by mentioning us in your next blog or forum post or promoting our logo with a link to the site. So far this contest has gathered over 500
    submissions and millions of views on the videos. Our goal this year is this year is to do even better. With your help, we are confident we will reach this goal.

    For more information on MATHCOUNTS or the Math Video Challenge, visit our webpages at mathcounts.org and videochallenge.mathcounts.org/math-camera-action.

    Respectfully,
    Jake Byrnes

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