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Category Archives: Teaching
Solvitur Ambulando
An algebraist, a finitist, and a determinist walk into a statistics classroom. They are all the same person and worse: the teacher, so the joke is on the students. For reasons still partly obscure to me, my department has given … Continue reading
Posted in Grad student life, Math, Math History, Math Teaching, Statistics, Teaching
Tagged nature of proof, paradox, probability theory, Zeno of Elea
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What is an Infinitesimal?
A guest post from Reginald Anderson at Kansas State University. Firsttime learners of calculus often struggle with the notion of an infinitesimal, and considering $\frac{dy}{dx}$ literally as a fraction can lead students astray in Calculus III and differential equations, when … Continue reading
Posted in Algebraic Geometry, Math Education, Teaching
Tagged Algebraic geometry, Math, Teaching
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Reflections on Time and Space in Mathematics Classrooms
During this semester of teaching, I have decided to focus on the ways in which I engage with time and space in the classroom. To frame this consideration, I have been looking at a book chapter entitled Landscaping Classrooms Towards … Continue reading
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Tagged Math Education, Social Justice, Teaching
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Mathematics Students and Legitimate Peripheral Participation
One of the things that mathematics educators often talk about is the idea of teaching the norms of the discipline of mathematics to students, starting at a fairly young age. In Jo Boaler and Cathlee Humphreys’ book Connecting Mathematical Ideas: … Continue reading
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Tagged Math Teaching, Math Teaching and Learning, Teaching
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