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Category Archives: Math Education
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
A Not Too Mathy Math Blog
Lauren Miller’s favorite number is 23. “I really liked being 23, that was the year I decided to become a mathematician,” Miller told me over burgers and beers in Claremont, California this week. After taking a circuitous route through education … Continue reading
Posted in History of Mathematics, Math Education
Tagged Ada Lovelace, Girls Who Code, Lauren Miller, Life By Number, SageDays
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Michael Pershan’s Problem Problems
I have enjoyed math teacher Michael Pershan’s work for a long time. I follow him on Twitter, and I wrote about his website Math Mistakes a few years ago because, darn it, mistakes are interesting! A couple years ago, he … Continue reading
Posted in K12 Mathematics, Math Education
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Some Stories of Journals Behaving Badly
Hoax papers have a long and timehonored history. Ten years ago a group of students from MIT wrote a program that randomly generated totally nonsensical computer science papers. One of their bogus papers was accepted by a conference and it … Continue reading
BacktoSchool Blogs, 2017 Edition
Today, I’m taking my chances with traffic and driving up to Idaho to try to get in the path of eclipse totality. (Fun fact: according to my backoftheenvelope calculations, if everyone in the country went to the path of totality, … Continue reading
Teaching Math to Incarcerated Students
Last month, Beth Malmskog wrote a post for the AMS blog PhD Plus Epsilon about teaching mathematics at a nearby prison. Malmskog is a math professor at Villanova, and in the post she writes about a course she and her … Continue reading