It’s hard for me to separate what I like doing as a writer from what I enjoy reading. Back when I was critiquing the NCTM journals it felt like I was being sort of vague about what I wanted…well, I had to be vague, because what I want to read are roughly the kinds of things that I write. (Emphasis on kinds; I don’t want to read me, I want to read you.)
But just to put the pieces together, here is what I would love to read in an NCTM (or any other) math education journal:
- Interviews/conversations with teachers about substantive stuff
- Math stuff that goes beyond the usual, well-known k-12 curriculum
- Essays about teaching and learning
- Nitty gritty classroom stuff that takes a stab at generalizing beyond the episode
- Serious and critical writing about research
Toss in a few features — crosswords, math problems, a curriculum resource, etc. — and this is the sort of thing that I, Michael Pershan, would be interested in reading. I have no idea who else would read or pay money for this sort of thing, so please NCTM don’t rashly decide to change the journals to more closely resemble my blogging output. But this is close to what I imagine would be my ideal publication, i.e. the sort of pretentious garbage that’s my calling card.