So it would appear that I'm perseverating a little. I do this. This is not at all uncommon. I'm still back on the NY Times opinion piece that insinuated that teachers focus too much on making math fun and helping students to understand concepts. The author insisted that we should be more focused on allowing students to practice, practice, practice.
While I would LOVE to ask Graham Fletcher and Brian Bushart how they feel about fun in math class, I know what they'd say. The best mathematicians have made major discoveries in math due to their playfulness. They'd both assert that game-play and having fun in the math class contribute to long term dedication to mathematics learning.
I continue to pursue endeavors that I find fun. Skiing, cooking, gardening, paddle-boarding, doing math, playing chess, etc. are all things I have fun doing. I'm not an expert at any. However, I have fun doing all and as a result I want to practice each more.
Regardless of Barbara Oakley's opinion, there will be playfulness and fun in my math class. It seems like some of Twitter's biggest math heroes have got my back on this one!