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Angela Vierling-Claassen
Attended New College of FL, Florida State University, Boston University
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Topic 4 - The Open Movement  - 
 
This is sort of a dream or a poem or a vision relating to the open classroom, but I'm feeling a bit shy to actually post it on my blog.

...I am in my classroom.

Students bring in ideas from all of the places that they have been, and they excite me with their enthusiasm. Other students bring their fear, their anger, and their failure, and these also excite me with their oblique evidence of dreams , hopes, and power. Still others don't bring anything at all because they didn't think they had anything to bring, but still they bring their potential, their sadness, and their unspoken wishes.

Through our discussions, the students start to change places and dance together. The enthusiasts get overwhelmed and afraid. The powerless get angry and act up. The fearful see the hope in their failures and lose some of their fear. Collectively and individually we go through cycles of fertility, failure, hibernation, and new growth. 

We all continually change places in the dance. Others show me new directions. I start to see that they are right, and my viewpoint has been too limited, even wrong. At first it feels like jumping in ice water, but then I warm up, swim fast to follow them on their travels, and get to places I couldn't have imagined. When they stumble or lose the thread, I remind them of the magic they are doing, show them something new or old, or just rest with them for a while, and they pick up and continue their dance.

People outside of the class watch us, amazed by our community and our courage. We are able to tell them that the dancing is not nearly as hard as the not dancing, because it's really not. We give them the courage to start, and then the courage to start again. Our dance joins with other dances near and far, and we glimpse a fractal universe of dancers and dances everywhere, at all different scales, in all different realms. Our dance is just this one part, and yet somehow it is also the dance of everything everywhere. 

Sated, happy, and full of dreams, I leave my classroom, and...
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Topic 4 - The Open Movement  - 
 
I was feeling low energy today and I sat down to write this blog post and got myself really pumped up both for my class and for the next etmooc topic.
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"The smartest person in the room is the room." I think you've hit on something important.
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Topic 1 - Connected Learning  - 
 
This semester I am teaching a course called Liberation Math, and part the intent is to share our learning with others and grow personal learning networks. I want to help students find their voice and use it. If you know anyone who is interested in mathematics teaching and learning, we're going to be having some great conversations, so feel free to pass the site along!
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This is great.  I am sharing with all of my integration specialists now :)
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Topic 0 - Welcome & Orientation  - 
 
So I never made an intro video, but I have made a rambling blog post about constructivism, math, compulsory education, and even technology, which really does say a lot about who I am.
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I love this post Angela, you capture the "fine balance" perfectly. It really resonated with me.
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"a remarkable finding of the model is that the level of effort which keeps a happy relationship going is always greater than the effort level that would be chosen optimally a priori (if only the present counted.)" Great example of using mathematics to model relationships!
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The Museum of Mathematics opened last night.  See the video!
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I haven't been yet, but really need to schedule a trip!
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Topic 3 - Digital Literacy  - 
 
Wrote this post earlier this week, when I was really disconnected with #etmooc Re-engaged this morning to read the intro post and the Jenkins paper on participatory culture. Loving his def of participatory culture and finding it is just the idea of community that I need to connect making/doing with education and math: "A participatory culture is a culture with relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement, strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations, and some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices. A participatory culture is also one in which members believe their contributions matter, and feel some degree of social connection with one another (at the least they care what other people think about what they have
created)."
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"Couzin has found an example of a more exciting type of collective intelligence—where a group solves a problem that none of its members are even aware of. Simply by moving together, the group gains new abilities that its members lack as individuals."
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Topic 1 - Connected Learning  - 
 
I am teaching a course this semester called "Liberation Math" and I became interested in MOOCs because I want to expand the conversations in the class beyond our classroom. In this post, I pulled together a paper I've been reading about critical pedagogy with some reflection about whether MOOCs can be liberatory. I'm really interested in what other people think about liberation, power, and alternative pedagogies in relation to connected learning!
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That looks like a really interesting book -- thanks for the tip, I'm going to check it out!
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Very rough draft of my presentation on using game theory to model gendered division of labor in parenting. Trying to distill long paper into something entertaining and useful! Still needs some work, and any suggestions gratefully accepted in comments or twitter (@faroop).
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Adopting a protective identity as a response to mathematical shame
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+Nick Sayers +George Hart thought you might be interested in this and could maybe pass it on
 
slow start to our mini-survey over the weekend, but the quality of the responses has been great. So please tell us what you think about 'making' and education. 

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Liberation math, relationships in teaching & learning
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My mission is to help people become more powerful through and with mathematics. I run the website http://liberationmath.org. I am interested in connections between mathematics the rest of the world (art, sociology, real life), combating shame in mathematics education, and using mathematics to understand human relationships. More about my mathematical interests can be found on my math blog. I'm also a carfree mom with two kids living in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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