Category: Math for Elem Teachers

Glass Wall Study Guide

Next fall I will be teaching Math for Elementary Teachers again. I haven’t taught this class since winter of 2007, so I haven’t extensively blogged about resources for this class. For those of you who teach this class – you have this to look forward to. For several years, I have used the book, The Glass Wall: Why Mathematics Can Seem Difficult as supplementary reading for Math for Elementary Teachers. I’ve found that the students found it to give them insight about why they and their students have difficulty learning math. Reading the book makes them think about things like notation, abstraction, and context. When I taught with this book the first time, I wrote a study guide for the students. Some of the questions are just to verify that they have done the readings and thought about the ideas. However there are also questions in the study guide that correlate directly with the material that is typically taught in the course (like alternate-base number systems). I offered The Glass Wall Study Guide to Teacher’s College Press to consider publishing as a supplement to the book, but they weren’t interested. It seems silly to leave the Study Guide sitting on my desktop when some of you might find it a good supplement to your classes, so I’m just putting it out there (here’s the link) with a share-alike non-commercial...

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Kumar’s Root Three Poem

From Harold and Kumar, the Square Root of Three Poem. Just for the record, I didn’t watch this movie – it was my husband. Possibly Related Posts: Contemporary Algebra Collection (new resources 2/4/2019) Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast about ESIL Lens Add Graphs In The World to Courses Bringing the Real World to Your Math Class Every Day Taking the Algebra Out of College...

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45th Carnival of Math

If I’ve counted correctly, this is the 45th Carnival of Math. I’m going to call this the Procrastination Edition (since for most of us, we are getting into that end-of-the-semester crunch and if you’re reading this, it is probably because you’re avoiding paper-grading, test-writing, or some kind of emergency end-of-the-semester meeting). If you’re postponing the grading of Number Theory assignments, then go over to 360, and read their submission called Perfection (about perfect numbers and their appearance on the TV show Bones). If you’ve got a stack of History of Math projects to grade, and you’d rather not, take a look at Jason’s submission On the Ancient Babylonian Value for Pi. If there’s a stack of Business Math tests you’re hiding from, check out Vlorbik’s submission, Trust the Code. If you’ve got to write a test on sequences, here’s a post about geometric progressions that you’ll have to read instead, The Sex Lives of the Jade Emperors. Bonus for you if you can work it into a test question and avoid the Dean’s office. If there’s a decision you’re trying to make, or avoid making, check out the awesome decision tree in Parts Assembly and the Burr Puzzle Antimatroid. If you’ve just got too much to do, maybe you can comfort yourself by using the Pigeonhole principle to prove to yourself that someone else out there in the world...

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Song about Mandelbrot Sets

Just a short post this morning, as I am still recovering from AMATYC. Jonathan Coulton has a great song about the Mandelbrot Set. To hear it, go to his website and scroll down the heading 4 Geeky Ones . Possibly Related Posts: Contemporary Algebra Collection (new resources 2/4/2019) Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast about ESIL Lens Add Graphs In The World to Courses Bringing the Real World to Your Math Class Every Day Taking the Algebra Out of College...

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Ma and Pa Kettle do Math

Show this one to your “Math for Elementary Teachers” class. It’s an interesting commentary on what happens if you learn an algorithm, but don’t have the faintest idea what that algorithm is supposed to represent in real life. Ma and Pa Kettle Do Math Possibly Related Posts: Contemporary Algebra Collection (new resources 2/4/2019) Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast about ESIL Lens Add Graphs In The World to Courses Bringing the Real World to Your Math Class Every Day Taking the Algebra Out of College...

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