Welcome to my new foundational-level mathematics blog! I plan to share resources and perspectives on the teaching of mathematics at the middle school and early high school level from my experience as a teacher and math educator. My philosophy of teaching is to create a learning environment in which students are encouraged and supported in making sense of mathematics. My work in public Title I schools in California with learners of all backgrounds convinced me that students have the potential to understand mathematics and the our work as teachers is to uncover and nurture this (as well as prodding it along when needed!). As a professor my scholarship looks at democratic practices in mathematics teaching and learning that work toward creating more equitable learning outcomes. See here for some of my academic musings: http://faculty.fullerton.edu/mellis/Articles%20about%20Mathematics%20Education.htm