About This Blog
“Eppur Si Muove” — And Yet It Moves
Legend has it that Galileo Galilei said this under his breath after being forced by the Inquisition to disavow his statements that the Earth moves around the Sun. (It took until 1992 for the Catholic Church to formally apologize for this, and recognize the mathematical and scientific work that Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo did to validate heliocentrism.) I don’t know if the quote is historically accurate; I imagine that the Inquisition probably did not take snide comments lightly. But I like the spirit, the sense that we all must act, at times, in self-preservation against great and ignorant powers, and that it is possible to do so without losing sight of the truth.
This is also the name of my blog because it is the motto of the high school at which I teach: Galileo Academy of Science and Technology. I teach classes within the Academy of Information Technology and I also teach AP Computer Science. The 2011-12 school year was my seventh year teaching public high school, and my fifth year teaching “technology”. In the first two years of my career I taught math (geometry, precalculus, and calculus) at a small urban charter school beset with numerous problems. I enjoy teaching computer science in San Francisco, being part of a cross-curricular collaboration, and being at a school with an academic culture.
My intention in writing this blog is to share my experiences teaching in a large, functional public high school in an urban district. I hope to connect with other teachers or prospective teachers, and share ideas about teaching, curriculum, student interactions, and technology. I put my real name on this blog because this writing represents me professionally. I welcome your comments, encouragement, disagreement, respectful debate, and discussion.
— Ben Chun