5 Questions 4: George Negroponte

If you want to get Mathematics Master George Negroponte out on the dance floor, you’re going to have to break out the oldies. What song? Find out this and more in 5 Questions 4.
What is the most memorable class that you’ve ever taken?
That would have to be any math class I took in high school. Specifically though, there was one teacher I had who gave us the space to figure everything out as a collective in class. Often, he would intentionally sit in his little office attached to the classroom and just listen to us. That makes it sound like he was not really teaching us, but he was just incredibly patient and would never jump in unless he thought we needed to be redirected and he would always ask us to pause and make sure we all got the all of the ideas. That teacher was one of my sources of inspiration for teaching and the way we operated in that class is what I aspire to in my own classroom with my own students.
If you could wake up tomorrow with any talent, what would you choose?
I think it would either be the ability to communicate in any language or the ability to play a musical instrument. I never enjoyed trying to learn a new language and I have never really taken to musical pursuits (although I do love music), so if I could just skip the learning and hard work part, either of those skills would be terrific.
If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
I would choose teleportation or an instant transmission ability. That way, I could travel anywhere I wanted and I would be way more productive and get a lot more done. I had originally considered flight, which offers the same kind of advantages plus the sensation of flying would be pretty awesome, but I am sticking with teleportation because it would be quicker and less buggy.
What is your favorite book?
I am not an avid reader, but the one classic that I can definitively claim as a favorite would be “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville. My senior year in high school, there was an elective for a term that was all about this book. We read it and we talked about it and we wrote about it. We even had an old first edition, or something like that, in a glass case in the library and I think I remember putting on gloves and leafing through some of those pages. I think I really liked that class because it was just the one book and it was more interesting to me than most of the books I didn't read in high school.
What is your favorite song to dance to?
I am not much of a dancer [but] it would be great if I had a personal choreographer. However, if Earth, Wind & Fire or Kool and the Gang comes on, I do not know if I can resist. I also remember getting back to the locker room after long road trips in college and our team's go to was King Harvest's "Dancing in the Moonlight." We would unpack our gear bags, dance, and sing along...good times.
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