Today, I received one of the greatest compliments from a former student in the following post:
This one-time middle schooler, enrolled in my high school Geometry class seven years ago, is referring to my consistent overt effort to have students understand and appreciate the true potential of math. Ultimate Cosmic Power in an Itty Bitty Thinking Space goes beyond the cognitive easter egg hunt that the “answer getting” routine too often reduces math to. I don’t know how to respond to knowing that most students think it is stupid or crazy at the time, but Jorge’s words of enduring impact have me smiling today.
I remember you as a bright, happy young person. Though I am pleasantly surprised that my teaching has lasted with you, I am not surprised that you have chosen a mathematical career path. Build a new world, young engineer!