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Math journals and editorial boards, round 1

Back in October, I wrote about the ambitions I had for journal writing in my class this year. Well, this week the students submitted their first journal. And learning from last year, instead of trying to read 120 multiple-page journals … Continue reading

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One graph. Ten minutes. An important conversation.

At the beginning of class I showed this to my students: They came up with lots of interesting things. There are three variables They are functions They are different colors The units are millions and years The scale for the … Continue reading

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I have trouble talking about my teaching

I have trouble talking about my teaching. Part of the reason for this is that teaching is so damn complicated. This makes it hard for me to have conversations about how my students learn — especially to teachers that I … Continue reading

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Student as author and critic of mathematics

I’m hoping to improve my students’ journal writing experiences this year. After learning about problem-based journal writing from the work of Joseph Mellor and Carmel Schettino, last year I created/stole a fancy handout, rubric, and told the kids to go write. I … Continue reading

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The Mathography

During the first week of school this year I assigned a mathography. It’s essentially a math biography and details one’s relationship and life experiences with math. This was a new idea to me and my colleague Stephanie Murdock put me on … Continue reading

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