The way Multiplication & Division is taught has changed immensely since I was in elementary school. We now encourage kids to consider different strategies...to think mathematically, rather than simply memorizing a few facts or steps in an algorithm. At this time of year, I know you're trying to DIVIDE your time with all the holiday activities going on! I hope you'll take the time to MULTIPLY our knowledge of multiplication & division by sharing your ideas below (no ads, please.)If you
Recently, I’ve been tinkering with the Latex2WP program that I’ve been using to convert Latex files into the form accepted by WordPress.com that you’ve been reading. While this was a good program, there were several features that I needed so, after learning a bit of Python, I’ve added these features to the program. My version, […]
I learned about the Incredible Shrinking Notecard from a former colleague who spent 40 years teaching. During her career, she taught elementary school, then social studies, then honors English. In advance of a test on a particularly tough topic that required a lot of memorization, she would hand out 5x8 cards several days in advance of the test and tell her students that if they kept it quiet, she'd let them use the notecard on the test. The next day, she'd tell them that 5x8 […]
In 2010, a controversial article published in Nature violently criticized the last 40 years of developments in evolutionary biology, triggering an ongoing war within the scientific community. This article explains the essence of the controversy!
I was proud to be a part of Math for America’s second annual MT^2 event , Master Teachers on Teaching. MT^2 invites MfA teachers from around New York City to propose short talks related to the conference theme. This year’s theme was Change, and the seven teachers selected to present offered many different and interesting interpretations of that theme, […]
The math bibliophile in me is always excited when our local public library holds a used book sale... and today my lucky find was "Mathematics: People Problems Results," a 3-volume anthology set from 1984, edited by Douglas Campbell and John Higgins. It looks to be a scrumptious set of ~90 rich essays (including some classics) from a great panoply of superb (and famous) writers/mathematicians. As I've said before, math is so timeless that even a 30-year-old book-set like this can contain […]
Mathematicians Wrote a Paper on How the Zombie Apocalypse Won’t Kill Us All, Made Us Grateful for Math: Dan Van Winkle:
Building on the work of another paper about how a zombie apocalypse would go down, because that’s a thing mathematicians apparently work on, Caitlyn Witkowski of Bryant University and Brian Blais of Brown University have written a paper on their mathematical findings that a zombie apocalypse wouldn’t wipe us all out, so that’s comforting.
[source: mme rss]