This is a blog authored by Mr. John Chase, math resource teacher at Walter Johnson High School, in Bethesda MD. I started teaching in 2006 after graduating from Messiah College. In 2014 I graduated from Johns Hopkins University. And in 2018, I became a National Board Certified Teacher. I love math and I love sharing my passion for math with my students, colleagues, and the larger mathematical community.

Posts on this blog are designed for the consumption of the online math community, and the site is meant to be a place where we can enjoy mathematics in a fun and relaxed way. I have become very infrequent in my posts, but you can see my daily mathematical musings on twitter, where I am a bit more active.

On a personal note, I have a wonderful family — a beautiful wife and three sweet daughters. My other hobbies outside of math include juggling, magic, board games, photography, Lego, philosophy, and religion.

15 thoughts on “About

  1. I love this site, especially the curiosity about math it reflects and the way it creates a sense of “math community.” Not to mention it’s a great teaching (and learning) tool. Muchos kudos!

  2. I was a math instructor at the University of the Philippines and I wandered into this blog because a former co-teacher follows it and shares it sometimes. Isn’t it funny that our problems, nuances and funny anecdotes about teaching and our students and our points of amazement about math span across the globe? đŸ™‚ I really like this. kudos!

  3. I have just spent the last hour reading through your blog and following links from your posts. What a great way to show students that curiousity with and enjoyment in math can happen outside of a classroom. I particularly enjoyed your rant about trapezoids…I had just engaged in a similar discussion yesterday. Thank you for sharing your passion…Well done!

  4. Dear Mr. Chase,
    I ran across your blog looking for connections to math and juggling. I thought you might be interested in the work of our math professor, Dominic Klyve, who recently published an article, “A Zeta Function of Juggling Sequences.” You can read the news release here: http://www.cwu.edu/~web/cwu_news/News.php?ArticleID=3027. Please let me know if you would like more information.

  5. Hey John,

    Hope you’re having a great day!

    I’m doing an expert roundup on my site and I think many new Math teachers using education technology products in their classroom like me would love to know your answer to this question :

    If you could only use 3 Education technology tools/apps/sites for your teaching which 3 tools would you choose? e.g. WolframAlpha, KhanAcademy and Inside Mathematics.

    Thanks in advance!

    As soon as I’m done compiling the results, I would inform and link back to your blog/site.

    Thank you!

  6. Hello, Mr. Chase. Enjoyed reading your blog on Lockhart’s Lament. Question: Do you know anyone in my area (Indianapolis, IN) that tries to balance the kind of math Lockhart advocates with the reality of being prepared for college?

    • Ken, thanks for stopping by! I’m afraid I don’t know anyone in Indianapolis, but let me extend my own hand of friendship and welcome you to our virtual math PLC :-). I find great companionship in the online math teacher community, the MTBoS (Math Teacher BlogoSphere). Follow #MTBoS on Twitter, or follow a bunch of the key voices in this community, to start getting a feel for what’s going on out there (I’m on twitter as @mrchasemath). Or just start following some of the wonderful math teacher blogs out there. There’s so much great stuff happening!

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