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“On Being Yourself While Doing Math” – Guest Post Alert!

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

That’s me–wearing a solar system dress and boots with three-inch long blue fuzz while multiplying binomials

I am guest posting about being yourself while doing math over on Sam J Shah‘s blog, Continuous Everywhere but Differentiable Nowhere.

Sam is one of my favorite math bloggers, and I’m honored to be a guest poster on his site! In fact, my guest post today was inspired in part by a post of his about rethinking the “you have to dress up to have authority trope,” “Don’t Judge a Book By…”.

My post starts out focusing on the clothes I chose to wear in my role as a teacher and my different students’ styles. But in the process of writing it, I realized what I was trying to describe wasn’t really about fashion–it was about being comfortable with yourself and asserting your own choices. Moreover, this attitude can totally help us solve math problems!

I really appreciate Sam’s comments at the end of the guest post, especially, how it’s not just about clothing “if you look at it from a slightly different angle.” (Plus he uses the words “bricoleur” and “holla!” within a paragraph of each other!)

Related Posts:
Be Yourself, Do What You Love, Wear What You Want (Coder Barbie/Ada Lovelace/Mashable followup)
My Favorite Math Teacher Is a Woman
Encouraging Independent Problem Solving (Subliminally?)

2 Comments on ““On Being Yourself While Doing Math” – Guest Post Alert!”

  • nichole on June 3rd 2:55 pm

    AWESOME POST and I <3 the photo of your in your iconic solar system dress.

  • Rebecca Zook on June 3rd 3:28 pm

    Thanks, friend! So glad to see you here! <3

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