Yesterday I had the good fortune to attend NCTM in Philadelphia. This meant that I had to do the hard work of preparing to not be at work and I left some assignments behind and imposed on colleagues to cover my classes. I am teaching two small sections of a Discrete Math class that we just created at our school. Most of the students in this class do not see themselves as mathematicians, but I am working on changing that self-assessment. I have been working hard at creating an environment where these students take ownership of the class conversations and they work together. I was SO flattered by the remarks of my colleagues who sat in on these classes yesterday. One colleague referred to the class she was with as a great community of math students. My boss covered my other class and remarked how great they were and how they worked together the whole period. It certainly helps that my boss saw this in action! So proud of how these students have stepped up and taken on the responsibilities of being such active participants in our journey.