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Category Archives: K12 Education
Three foundational theorems of elementary school math
By Ben BlumSmith, Contributing Editor This post discusses three very familiar facts from gradeschool mathematics. In spite of their familiarity, I believe they tend to go underappreciated, at every level of math education. In the elementary grades, my experience is … Continue reading
Access To Epidemic Modeling
Kurt Kreith and Alvin Mendle, University of California, Davis Covid19 has left teachers seeking topics that are both engaging and lend themselves to online instruction. As a guiding force for the measures that have reshaped our lives, epidemic modeling stands … Continue reading
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In Memoriam N. N. Konstantinov
by Mark Saul This summer marks the thirtieth year since the end of the Soviet Union. It also marks the passing of one of the great figures of Russian mathematical culture, Nicholas Nikolayevich Konstantinov. This note concerns both events, but … Continue reading
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Mathematics as Logic
by Mark Saul Maybe it is obvious, but it is something I’ve come to appreciate only after years of experience: mathematics is logic driven, and teaching and learning mathematics is centered on teaching and learning logic. I find this to … Continue reading
Happy New Year(?)
Mark Saul, Editor Mathematics and mathematicians rarely make press. So it was a bit sweet, but mostly bitter, to read in the New Yorker of the deaths of John Conway, Ronald Graham, and Freeman Dyson, three great losses to our profession. … Continue reading
The Calculus of Context
by Yvonne Lai (University of NebraskaLincoln) It is 2020. You are taking a high school mathematics teacher licensure exam. Suppose you see these questions. What do you do? What do you think? (Warning: Your head may spin. These are not … Continue reading
MATH ON THE BORDER: Working with unaccompanied migrant children in Federal custody
The events recounted here happened in January 2020. The program described has been suspended during the COVID crisis. Perhaps there will be no need for it when the crisis is over. Nadia looked at me with big brown eyes and … Continue reading
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Tagged culture, diversity, education, Immigrant minors, K12 mathematics, Mathematics Education, outreach
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THE ZOOM ROOM: Vignette and Reflections About Online Teaching
Mark Saul A child’s insight “I know how to find out how many divisors a number has. You factor it into primes….” Alejandro was with a virtual group of four enthusiastic ten year olds, in the midst of exploring a … Continue reading
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Writing Good Questions for the Internet Era
Jeff Suzuki CUNY Brooklyn The forced conversion to distance learning in Spring 2020 caught most of us offguard. One of the biggest problems we face is the existence of free or freemium online calculators that show all steps required to … Continue reading
The Future of Enrichment: Math Contests or Math Circles?
by Doug O’Roark Executive Director, Math Circles of Chicago The New York Times recently published an article entitled “The Right Answer? 8,186,699,633,530,061 (An Abacus Makes It Look Almost Easy)”. Its lead photograph features over 100 children seated at desks, facing … Continue reading