Joel Bezaire is a 7th grade Pre-Algebra teacher at the University School of Nashville (TN)


2016 National Finalist for Rosenthal Prize

2015 National Semi-Finalist for Rosenthal Prize

2014 Bovender Chair for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching (Video!)

2011 Quaker Hill Grant


2019 Desmos Certified Presenter

2019 Desmos Fellow

2018+ The Educator’s Cooperative Advisory Council

2018+ #EdCampNash Director

2017+  #MTBoS Ambassador Program on Twitter

Publications & Interviews:

2020 Giving Birth to Inferential Reasoning (NCTM’s Teaching Mathematics Magazine)

2019 How Teachers Want To Change The Way Kids Learn Math (Scary Mommy)

2019 Building a Badging System (Global Math Department)

2018 Why this Educator Reads a Novel to his Pre-Algebra Class (Class Dismissed Podcast)

2018 How Reading Novels in Math Class can Strengthen Student Engagement (KQED/MindShift)

2018 Implementing a Badging System (Part 1), (Part 2), (Part 3), (Part 4) (NCTM)

2017 The Unexpected Biases of Primes, Fathom Magazine

2017 Entwined Mathematics, Fathom Magazine

2016 Is Christianity Really Dying? Faithwire

2016 How I Teach, The Rational Radical

2016 The Beauty of Ugly Algorithms, Circe Institute

2016 If Jesus Came To Flatland, Christianity Today (co-written with Ted Olsen)

2016 Interview on Sports Analytics in Esquemao (In Portuguese)

2016 The Eagle, The Shell, and the Sunflower, Christianity Today

2016 How Plants Count, Christianity Today

2016 Beauty Has A Number, Christianity Today

2015 Why Fractals Are So Beautiful, Christianity Today

2014 How Infinitely Big Is God, Christianity Today

Presentations & Workshops:

2021 Desmos Webinar (Intro to Activity Builder)

2021 TCU Institute for Teaching Excellence (3 one-hour sessions on Desmos Activity Builder)

2020 Inservice, Four County Career Center, Archbold, OH (postponed…)

2020 OAME, Oshawa, ON (moved to Virtual OAME conference)

2019 Harpeth Hall Inservice

2019 The EdCo Summer Collective, Nashville, TN

2019 OAME, Ottawa, ON

2018 NCTM, Kansas City, MO

2018 TMC, Cleveland, OH

2017 American Christian Academy Inservice, Tuscaloosa AL

2017 Project Engage at MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN

2017 TMC, Atlanta, GA

2016 University School of Nashville Inservice, Nashville, TN

2016 TMC, Minneapolis, MN

2016 Deerfield Windsor Inservice, Albany GA

2015 NCTM, Nashville, TN

2014 TMTA, Knoxville, TN

2013 ISTE, San Antonio TX

2010, 2011, 2016 MTSU New Math Teacher Symposium, Murfreesboro, TN

Other Creations

Contract work for MathNation to create custom Desmos activities for state-specified standards.

Other Custom Desmos Activities

MS/HS Sports Analytics Curriculum

Novel Studies for Math Classes (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Housekeeper & The Professor)

Variable Analysis (in memory of Glyn Burton)

Pictures from my classroom & presentations

(see more @joelbezaire)

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