Story of (Phi)bonacci’s Constant

When I was in high school, I was astounded by the golden ratio and all of its connections. I asked my teachers, and I even asked my first math professor in college. I didn't really get good answers to my questions. Years later, I pieced together a coherent story of many of the connections that … Continue reading Story of (Phi)bonacci’s Constant


Behavioral Economics Part 2

Temptation Bundling Temptation bundling is a technique to incentivize ourselves to get something done by pairing it with something we enjoy. I need to clean the kitchen, and I also love podcasts, so I try to save my podcasts for when I clean the kitchen (or need to do other podcast-compatible activities). In order for … Continue reading Behavioral Economics Part 2

5 Big Problems in American Education

As I'm here at NCTM thinking about different career paths, I'm creating a picture of the big issues in education.  Doing this might give me ideas about possible opportunities in the future.  The five key problems I see are: The experience of new teachers Collaboration between teachers Grades and assessment Intervention for struggling students Social/emotional … Continue reading 5 Big Problems in American Education


Hi journal, Today, I want to talk about empathy. We humans aren't very strong. We don't have the sharpest teeth. We don't have complicated systems of biological camouflage. The fastest of us are relatively slow and our eyesight is relatively poor. We don't have much as far as basic animal defenses go.  But we do … Continue reading Empathy