Getting dinner with a great group of math teachers after the first day of TMC, Max Ray was talking about a poetry course he took recently. He said that, at the end of the course, another student asked why the instructor was such a good teacher. He said (I’m paraphrasing) that it was because he was passionate about novice forms of his art.
This struck me as particularly applicable to math teachers. Our math degrees and deep knowledge are only worth anything if we can first relate to and support our students as novices. I’m curious how I can translate this into my practice this year.