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Category Archives: Math Education
Pride Month And Math
June is Pride Month. June 28, 2019 is also the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots/uprising that marked the beginning of a new era in the fight for rights and freedoms for LGBTQ+ folks in America and around the world. … Continue reading
Inclusive Math History
Earlier this month, Anna announced on Twitter “It’s finally happened, I got tapped to teach History of Math. Since I cover so much of the euro white guy stuff in number theory, I want to do a People’s History of … Continue reading
Posted in History of Mathematics, Issues in Higher Education, K12 Mathematics, Math Education, people in math, Uncategorized, women in math
Tagged biographies, David Richeson, Division by Zero, Evelyn Lamb, Fermat's Last Theorem, inclusion/exclusion blog, Katherine Johnson, Mike Lawler, Mike's Math Page, Sophie Germaine
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The recent buzz on John Urschel
John Urschel, a graduate student in mathematics at MIT and former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, has been in the news a lot lately. That’s because his memoir, ““Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football,” which he … Continue reading
Do Evaluations Really Add Up?
First, let’s start with the classic article, “How to Improve Your Teaching Evaluations Without Improving Your Teaching” by Ian Neath from the mid 90’s, in which 20 tips are furnished for gaming your endofsemester evaluations. Despite the funny title and … Continue reading
Posted in Issues in Higher Education, Math Education
Tagged Bias, Jacqueline Dewar, Philip Stark, Rice University, SET, Student Evaluations, Villanova
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A roundup of advice for writing about mathematics
April is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, a time for increasing the understanding and appreciation of those fields. One way to communicate the joy and importance of math and stats? Through our writing. Just last month, the Early Career Section … Continue reading
On the National Girls Collaborative Project’s blog
In the U.S., March is Women’s History Month. The vision of the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) is to “bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, … Continue reading
Posted in Issues in Higher Education, K12 Mathematics, Math Education, Mathematics and Computing, people in math, women in math
Tagged Ashley Stenzel, computer science, Émilie du Châtelet, Grace Hopper, National Girls Collaborative Project, physics, Robin Stevens Payes, Women's History Month
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Babies, math class and parents with STEM careers
CNN, the Washington Post, BBC News and other publications recently covered a viral news story about a U.S. mathematics professor. The story didn’t focus on mathematical research or groundbreaking teaching techniques. Instead, it was about a professor holding a student’s … Continue reading
A tour of Dan Meyer’s blog
While I was recently cruising through the mathematical blogosphere, I landed on a post I enjoyed on Dan Meyer’s dy/dan blog. The post, titled “Stats Teachers: 2019 Is Your Year,” discusses proposed tax rates and using classroom examples to help students become “smarter … Continue reading
Posted in Math Education, people in math
Tagged Dan Meyer, engagement, fake world math, incorrect answers, math mistakes, teaching
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On Mathematical Superpowers and Black History Month
“Which MATHEMATICAL superpower would you prefer?” Ben Orlin asked on his Math with Bad Drawings blog. He offered readers three superpower options: super approximation, or “the ability to immediately answer any numerical question to within 20% accuracy,” super visualization, or … Continue reading
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