I listened to a podcast, the one “that started it all.” I enjoyed listening to the discussion between Ashli Black and Daniel McMatherson, two teachers who are as passionate as I am about trying new things and who also struggle as I do with those new things they are trying! Daniel switched to SBG cold turkey, just as I did, because he wanted to force himself to really think about what he was teaching and why, saying it has been hard but definitely worth it. I switched to SBG because it offered more authentic grades, but soon found myself forced to plan much more carefully and deliberately than I ever have before,so I understood exactly what he was talking about. Hearing him talk about how hard it has been for him makes me feel better about my implementation of SBG. The two of them also talked at length about those days when they ended up apologizing to their students after teaching a lesson that no one really understood. I’ve been there, too. Listening to them validated my efforts this year to keep trying new things even if they don’t work the first time around. And I loved Daniel’s “gift” at the end–wishing that all teachers could have another like-minded teacher with whom to “talk math teaching.” I was beginning to despair of finding such a person outside of the occasional conference until I stumbled across MTBoS. I’d love to listen to some more of the podcasts, but they are so long. An hour is a lot of time for a busy teacher.