I ran across a blog post by Brené Brown earlier today. In the post she relates some of the kurfluffle around her comments to Oprah Winfrey about teachers and shame (original video now hard to find its the last clip on this page). This all happened at the end of September, so Im late … Continue reading

# Tag Archives: math

# Math is jarring

I ran across this video yesterday, by a math major, taking about other peoples reactions to learning that she is a math major. I particularly like the analogy around 1:15 where she is talking about the jarring nature of switching from ordinary conversation to math. She likens it to being asked mid-conversation to compose a … Continue reading

# Writing a Paper and Asking People to Read It

Last week I had a paper published in the journal Rationality and Society, Division of Labor in Child Care: A Game-Theoretic Approach . You might like the paper its pretty interesting actually. But the first thing thats interesting about this paper is that it did not occur to me to announce it here. For … Continue reading

# Liberation Math: Penultimate Week

In Liberation Math, the class, the students and I are wrapping up the semester by writing and writing some more. Students are (slowly) getting content up on a website the class has organized, and over the next couple of weeks our writings will be collected into the form of print zines focusing on different topics. … Continue reading

# Math is [fill in the blank]

Today and tomorrow, Im trying to get people to fill in this sentence: Math is [fill in here]. Feel free to give your own answer in the comments below or on twitter. Once I get the blank filled in, Im trying to prompt people to ask why or probe a little deeper. In part, this … Continue reading

# Liberation Math Week 7: Easy Now

I have a tendency to make things hard, and I wonder if you have the same issue. Almost everyone in an academic environment gets behind at some point during the semester. I have watched students do this for years. Typically a student starts to get behind, feels bad about themselves, and the bad feeling makes … Continue reading

# Week 6: Difficult Feelings and Getting Curious

This week in class, we worked together on using a google spreadsheet to find the amount of money in Frys account when he started with $0.93 and left the account for 1000 years. Spreadsheets take time to learn to use, but they give you a lot of power to do repetitive tasks. You can do … Continue reading