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Category Archives: Math Education
On vision and mathematics
Today, I’m reflecting on vision and mathematics. That’s largely because as I write this, I’m also simultaneously evaluating whether a new computer I received as an early Christmas present is going to be a good fit for me or if … Continue reading
Thoughts on writing math books for kids
Kids’ math books: I’m not talking about textbooks, but rather cheerful maththemed picture books parents might give to wideeyed, excited kids as holiday gifts, books that take mathobsessed kids on journeys to learning thrilling new math outside the walls of … Continue reading
A Tour of Robert Kaplinsky’s Online Resources
Robert Kaplinsky is a math educator and presenter. He also cofounded Open Middle, a website that encourages problems which require “a higher Depth of Knowledge than most problems that assess procedural and conceptual understanding,” according to the Open Middle website. These “open middle … Continue reading
Posted in K12 Mathematics, Math Education, people in math, Recreational Mathematics
Tagged mTBos, ObserveMe, Open Middle, Robert Kaplinsky
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Some Revelations In My Tech Free Adventure
I’m still in Tanzania, still with limited access to technology resources, so I wanted to take this post to share with you a few technologyfree mathematical revelations I’ve had during my time here. First, the pedagogical revelation. I’m teaching a … Continue reading
Teaching Offline
I’m in Bagamoyo, Tanzania at the moment teaching two summer courses to a group of undergraduate students at Marian University College. This experience is different from my typical teaching experience along several dimensions. I am teaching Complex Analysis to a … Continue reading
Family Math With The Lawlers
When I watch videos of Mike Lawler teaching math to his sons it makes me want to be a better teacher. Lawler, a mathematician by training and former academic, started Mikesmathpage to chronicle his lessons in homeschooling his kids, and … Continue reading
Math with Martin
Most teachers and students in the U.S. didn’t have math class today because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. But when you get back to the classroom, the online math world has some suggestions of how to incorporate … Continue reading
Unsolved Problems in Math Class
A few years ago, I directed a high school summer math program. Half the day was devoted to exploring the delights of modular arithmetic—we ended the summer with a cake decorated with Fermat’s Little theorem!—and half to learning to program … Continue reading
Application Advice for Students, JobSeekers, and Recommendation Letter Writers
I really didn’t know what I was doing when I applied for graduate school, and I am thankful for the assistance of the professors at my undergraduate university who helped me and the luck that got me into a few … Continue reading
Math Education Researchers Deserve Respect
In what has become sadly routine, rightwing news sites started publishing inflammatory articles about a professor whose work they don’t like about two weeks ago. (I am not linking to their stories in this post because they contribute to this … Continue reading