By: Jeff Heyck-Williams

This year I have a wonderful opportunity.  I get to teach math.  Specifically, I teach middle school students in an algebra class and elementary and middle school teachers during professional development in an effort to build their mathematical capacity.  I honestly love my job.

While these adolescents and adults are fairly different in their temperaments and instructional needs, they both have challenged me with the essential question: Why do we need to learn this stuff?