So last semester, I had my first semester off of teaching in maybe 13 years. The last six years or so, I have taken every summer off, but I this is the first time I have been eligible for sabbatical. I expected it to be both relaxing and productive. Im quite good at organizing and … Continue reading

# Tag Archives: Mathematics

# Shame in classrooms

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

# Our successful schools

I have been thinking a lot lately about the failure of our schools, particularly with regard to mathematics. Its impossible not to notice what a terrible job our schools and students are doing at math, particularly when I am reminded about it once every hour or so by my twitter feed. I got on this … Continue reading

# 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

# 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

# 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