Sunday, March 15, 2015

The End!

This is surely not the end of my blogging, but it is the end of this blog. 

I have ideas for my next site, but I'm going to spend the next few weeks teaching, getting ready for NCTM and hanging out with the baby [see above] and no longer pretending that I have time for anything else.

A quick word on endings. On the internet things are never supposed to end. We're supposed to tweet and blog until we croak, just as we talk and eat until the very last day. Blogging is supposed to be more like (say) checking in with a friend than it is like (say) reading a book. There's always a next conversation, but at some point you finish a book.

To end a blog is to reject this ethos. It's to recognize that these things we do on the internet do have endings. And having an end is a wonderful thing to have, because to have an ending is to have a beginning and middle too. 

This blog began in my first year teaching and it's ending in my fifth. In five years I've gotten married, changed jobs and made a baby. I've changed my mind about every aspect of my teaching at least twice. 

It's time to end. It's time to begin!


  1. Thanks for all you have taught me and many other through this blog! Best wishes on your future teaching endeavors and parenthood!

  2. Beautifully said. Thank you for your inspiration and encouragement, and for the example you have set to never be complacent. Rational Expressions was one of the first blogs I found and read on a regular basis, and though I will miss it, I will look forward to what comes next.

  3. Michael: It's been exciting and it's been a pleasure. I know I'll be coming back for old posts for years to come, and I'm excited for whatever you've got up your sleeve next! Enjoy the weeks ahead.

  4. Looking forward to the new blog! (I moved to wordpress years ago when Google stamped me a spammer and wouldn't change its mind.)

  5. Michael, thank you for your perpetual thoughtfulness. Enjoy your family, your teaching, and your NCTM-ing. And certainly, enjoy the launch of your next blog. I know I will. And I know I won't be alone. :)

  6. An adorable baby in a triumphant pose! What a finale.

    Congrats on the blog, and good luck with the next one!

    -Ben Orlin

  7. Thanks amigo.
    I can't wait for your new blog: Irrational Expressions.
    It'll be a blockbuster.

  8. Loved it when you said "Its time to end" " Its time to begin". Every ending is a must for a new beginning. I loved reading your posts! keep blogging