Author Archives: dianafesmire

About dianafesmire

I started teaching math in 1987. I strive to continually improve my practice through quality pd and collaboration in communities of practice both in person and virtually. I am honored to have been named 2011 New Mexico Teacher of the Year and to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math Teaching in 2008.

An Invitation to Participate


Beginning in June 2015, I am conducting a research study as part of my doctoral studies at Walden University in order to learn more about how math teachers use blogs to define and exchange ideas and opinions in virtual communities.

The purpose of this study is to determine how mathematics teachers can be encouraged to reach out virtually and stay connected through reflective teacher blogging to improve their instruction.

If you agree to be in this study, you will be asked to:
• Complete a one-time online survey taking approximately 10 minutes.

The survey URL is:

Thank you for your consideration!


“At the end of the last mile on the journey from noble intentions of common standards to the reality of students learning, our hopes are in the hands of teachers.”            Daro (2011)

Who am I?

Mission #1 from Exploring the MTBoS

Who are you? Introduce yourself to the MathTwitterBlogosphere! How’d you get into teaching? What do you like most about your job?

My name is Diana and I am a middle school math teacher from New Mexico.  This is my 27th year of teaching, but I haven’t taught my first year 27 times.  Even though I have been teaching a long time, I am still learning how to be a teacher.

As a freshman in college, my first “computer class” was Fortran.  I remember creating the stack of punch cards that was my assignment, carrying them carefully to the computer building – yes the whole building was one computer!  One time I dropped the cards and after hours of trying to sort them and many tears, I finally just started over.  For my 50th birthday (only a few days away) I got a Macbook Air.  This amazing piece of tech on my lap is way more powerful than that computer that occupied a whole building.  In fact, so is my phone 🙂

I became a math teacher because as a student, math was the only thing that did NOT come easy to me.  Math was always a challenging and I struggled to understand.  I drove my teachers crazy asking, “Why?” all the time.  I am a strong spatial reasoner, but numbers were definitely not second nature.

What I like most about my job is helping kids know more math today than they knew yesterday!  When I started teaching math – way back when – a good math teacher was a good “explain-er.”  I worked hard figuring out multiple ways to explain MY thinking.  I encouraged my students to ask “Why?” and relished taking time to explain.  Now, my job is so much more.  I still have to be at explanations.  I also teach my students to explain their own reasoning.  I teach them to create logical arguments to support their reasoning and to respectfully critique the reasoning of others.  I also have to help my students become wise consumers of the explosion of data that bombards them every day.

Well, that is plenty for my very first blog post ever!  I was worried I couldn’t write a whole paragraph, and now I have a whole page 🙂

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