I consider myself a “crafter” and have been making “stuff” my whole life. I love to find or create ways to give my students opportunities to visualize math through making. Cardboard, hot glue, software, Play-Doh … you name it! And now that I have my very own 3D printer at home (well, OK, I actually have two), the possibilities for making things are endless!
I have a B.S. in Materials Engineering, with a certificate in International Engineering, from the University of Cincinnati. I also have an M. Ed. from Xavier University. After working in Information Technology at Procter & Gamble for seven years, I decided to make a career change and become a high school math teacher. Fifteen years later, here I am! Every year, I think (hope?!) that I learn as much as my students do. I am an avid reader, Twitter user, and follower of all things space and science.
Five years ago, I took an online course called How to Learn Math, which was offered by Jo Boaler at Stanford University. The course spoke to me as both a student and teacher, and inspired me to completely change the way I teach math. I was excited to head out to California and attend one of her seminars in person, and I came back with tons of ideas to try in my classroom. Supporting and discussing mindsets has become a cornerstone of my classroom, all because of Jo Boaler. She truly inspires my work.
Follow me on twitter at @jmeb96. I only post about math, science, or education. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.