I have had the good fortune to work with some brilliant and inspiring people, all of whom want to provide a better math education for today’s students.  I created this blog with the hopes that we would have a place to share our ideas, and findings in an effort to help each other.    Here, if I can even figure out how to operate a blog, we will have a place to share not only problems we create, but those we find “worthy”.  One friend asked “Why start something new, when there are already so many great sites out there?”  In a word, time.  I’m seeking entries that have been vetted – ideas that inspire you, problems you would or have tried.  For example, I tried Dan Meyer’s problem “How many cups would you need to stack to reach the height of your teacher?” and it was an awesome lesson.  Searching just a few moments ago, I found another of his I’d like to try.  But his whole site is overwhelming.  I don’t have the time to read all of it, much less follow the many teachers who contribute good ideas to his site.  So I plan to start small, and build a site with a lot of inspiration.  On the journey, I anticipate finding more like minded, creative people with the same goal of creating thinkers (I had to try a lot of names before finding one that wasn’t taken.)

George Polya, eminent Hungarian mathematician:

“A teacher of mathematics has a great opportunity. If he fills his alloted time with drilling his students in routine operations he kills their interest, hampers their intellectual development, and misusues his opportunity. But if he callenges the curiosity of his students by setting them problmes proportionate to their knowledge, and helps them to solve their problems with stimulating questions, he may give them a taste for, and some means of, independent thinking.”