I am in the classroom of Bryce Jandon in Wattson, UA. Before us stands a student wearing a curly wig and plastic, no-lens glasses. His name is Dale and, for today, he is a calculus teacher.
“This is a slope,” Dale explains while holding aloft a string manipulative that he has contorted into a curve.
“Good work,” Bryce smiles, his eyes glistening with pride.
After class, I take Bryce to one side to discuss the innovative calculus program that he has developed in partnership with the Extraordinary Learning Foundation™. We start with a conversation about Dale.
“It’s not that Dale actually believes heis acalculus teacher,” Bryce explains, “I don’t think we often give kids enough credit. He knows it’s a dynamic drama-based experience.”
I nod sagely in agreement, “Is that a common misconception?”
“Yes,” replies Bryce, “people who don’t understand what we do are like, ‘how can a…
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