tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.comments2014-04-16T15:05:51.615+02:00Learning (by) TeachingJulia Tsyganhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04354702485097004759noreply@blogger.comBlogger155125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-78957818222383849072014-04-16T15:05:51.615+02:002014-04-16T15:05:51.615+02:00Superb article, I think printable math sheets are ...Superb article, I think printable math sheets are very beneficial approach for kids.i think this one of the best platform for learning.We are providing Printable Math Sheets in USA.in which Practice Math Online, Practice Math Online, Online Math Practice, Math Practice Test, Basic Math Practice and many other facilities available on free of cost.Thanks for sharing this information.<br /><a href="http://www.ipracticemath.com/" rel="nofollow">7th Grade Math Practice</a><br />Lisa Jeniferhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09596543922736382314noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-28262212241343649112014-02-14T23:03:01.560+01:002014-02-14T23:03:01.560+01:00Dear Julia,
As a proponent of math education in t...Dear Julia,<br /><br />As a proponent of math education in the United States, we need your help to promote our nationwide math competition by blogging or posting about it on your blog/forum.<br /><br />As you probably already know, despite the fact that the US spends the most money on education per capita, our students are ranked 25th globally for math proficiency. The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to improving that statistic. MATHCOUNTS’ third annual “ Math Video Challenge” is a math competition for 6th to 8th graders that encourages student innovation as they create and star in their own math videos, thus exciting them to pursue higher education in math.<br /><br />As the webmaster of this awesome blog, we are asking you to help support this effort by mentioning us in your next blog or forum post or promoting our logo with a link to the site. So far this contest has gathered over 500 submissions and millions of views on the videos. Our goal this year is this year is to do even better. With your help, we are confident we will reach this goal.<br /><br />For more information on MATHCOUNTS or the Math Video Challenge, visit our webpages at mathcounts.org and videochallenge.mathcounts.org/math-camera-action.<br /><br />Respectfully,<br />Jake ByrnesJake Byrneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05989618144368827388noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-54347587935936925592013-07-29T17:59:45.642+02:002013-07-29T17:59:45.642+02:00Nice. I never go as far back as Jesus, but I play ...Nice. I never go as far back as Jesus, but I play what I call my "morbid game" with them. I get them to take out all the money they have on them and we add up the class total. Then I say we are going to take all that money and invest it in an index fund tracking the market that normally averages bewteen 6 and 10%. The last one of us still alive gets all the money and the interest. (I add some amusing rules about not killing classmates to get the money, etc...) We have to talk about some assumptions like how long the second last one of us will live, and so on. Then they run the numbers. They are shocked. Even $50 at 8% for 80 years is huge. They are excited about how rich the 95 year old last one of them alive will be. Then we talk about inflation...thescamdoghttp://thescamdog.wordpress.com/noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-2774415518186451322013-02-26T22:10:01.825+01:002013-02-26T22:10:01.825+01:00Hi, Julia,
Congrats!
I came across your blog vi...Hi, Julia,<br /><br />Congrats! <br /><br />I came across your blog via David Wees, and as a fellow mathematics educator (even though you're on leave!), I thought you might be able to help in spreading the word about an educational TV show for preteens about math that we're putting together. "The Number Hunter" is a cross between Bill Nye The Science Guy and The Crocodile Hunter -- bringing math to children in an innovative, adventurous way. I’d really appreciate your help in getting the word out about the project. <br /><br />http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/564889170/the-number-hunter-promo<br /><br />I studied math education at Jacksonville University and the University of Florida. It became clear to me during my studies why we’re failing at teaching kids math. We're teaching it all wrong! Bill Nye taught kids that science is FUN. He showed them the EXPLOSIONS first and then the kids went to school to learn WHY things exploded. Kids learn about dinosaurs and amoeba and weird ocean life to make them go “wow”. But what about math? You probably remember the dreaded worksheets. Ugh. <br /><br />I’m sure you know math is much more exciting than people think. Fractal Geometry was used to create “Star Wars” backdrops, binary code was invented in Africa, The Great Pyramids and The Mona Lisa, wouldn’t exist without geometry.<br />Our concept is to create an exciting, web-based TV show that’s both fun and educational.<br /><br />If you could consider posting about the project on your blog, I’d very much appreciate it. Also, if you'd be interested in link exchanging (either on The Number Hunter site, which is in development, or on StatisticsHowTo.com which is a well-established site with 300,000 page views a month) please shoot me an email. We're also always looking for input and ideas from other math educators!<br /><br />Thanks in advance for your help,<br /><br />Stephanie<br />andalepublishing@gmail.com<br />http://www.thenumberhunter.com<br />http://www.statisticshowto.com<br />http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/564889170/the-number-hunter-promo<br />Stephanie Glenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01750774889132999541noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-38205503763028467212013-02-06T03:40:12.082+01:002013-02-06T03:40:12.082+01:00Oh Julia, I'm so happy for you!
(I started sp...Oh Julia, I'm so happy for you!<br /><br />(I started spending lots of time online when my son was taking naps as a baby. I'm a single parent, and I would have been so isolated without the internet.) Sue VanHattumhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10237941346154683902noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-91829391955894658092013-02-06T03:35:17.236+01:002013-02-06T03:35:17.236+01:00Thanks for the advice. Newbie Math Teacher in New...Thanks for the advice. Newbie Math Teacher in New York. Smiley Manhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10524929914229887712noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-66331816432408905102012-11-28T11:29:13.748+01:002012-11-28T11:29:13.748+01:00Anonymous, I think that's the kind of question...Anonymous, I think that's the kind of question students would benefit from discussing. Ultimately, it will depend on the domain they choose for time. Julia Tsyganhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04354702485097004759noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-60555900064736109582012-11-28T11:27:13.777+01:002012-11-28T11:27:13.777+01:00Anonymous, yes old habits are hard to break, too. ...Anonymous, yes old habits are hard to break, too. I've had a few students who initially resist the strategies I describe above, often because they feel insecure about whether these strategies will really prepare them for the high-stakes exam they're facing in a few months/year. Julia Tsyganhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04354702485097004759noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-20654796333767310492012-11-22T04:29:53.169+01:002012-11-22T04:29:53.169+01:00Prob something trivial but shouldn't the graph...Prob something trivial but shouldn't the graph end with a sudden straight line when it hits the ground. Or you just ignoring that?Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-18178730708988501862012-11-03T19:43:20.886+01:002012-11-03T19:43:20.886+01:00I enjoyed reading this post because I connect to t...I enjoyed reading this post because I connect to the issues in so many ways. Where I teach, procedural teaching is most of what students see because that is what will lead to high test scores. When students are asked to think, explore and analyze, frustration takes over and students give up before they have even begun. It is very sad to think we as teachers have led to this and I wonder how some of our students are going to survive after high school. I liked the strategies that were given and will definitely try them in my classroom. Change can be made, but it is a process that takes time. Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-63839563728157777672012-10-30T22:33:47.344+01:002012-10-30T22:33:47.344+01:00Looks good.Looks good.Sue VanHattumhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10237941346154683902noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-71982024270898237142012-10-30T18:20:00.992+01:002012-10-30T18:20:00.992+01:00Thanks for letting me know, Sue. I'm not succe...Thanks for letting me know, Sue. I'm not succeeding very well with finding a good way to share things online. Can you access it now that I posted a link to my public dropbox?Julia Tsyganhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04354702485097004759noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-75267465201095510692012-10-30T13:46:44.673+01:002012-10-30T13:46:44.673+01:00Julia, I can't see the activity you linked to....Julia, I can't see the activity you linked to.Sue VanHattumhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10237941346154683902noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-1682226130422610782012-10-30T10:29:31.317+01:002012-10-30T10:29:31.317+01:00Emelie, unfortunately google docs doesn't show...Emelie, unfortunately google docs doesn't show equations, which is what's on that page. If you download the file and open it in a word document you should see everything alright. In the future I'll try to remember to convert to pdf before sharing. Julia Tsyganhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04354702485097004759noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-21475676841701568172012-10-28T08:46:03.906+01:002012-10-28T08:46:03.906+01:00Thanks for an interesting blog! I tried to follow ...Thanks for an interesting blog! I tried to follow your link to the cards you had used, but the cards on the page were all empty. Do I have to click anywhere to see the activitycards?Emelie Reuterswärdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02916711788615582641noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-48958603388638592542012-09-29T04:43:30.291+02:002012-09-29T04:43:30.291+02:00Thank you - this is profound, clear and useful. Thank you - this is profound, clear and useful. mindbodymathshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06675095136065777642noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-17246927860679828862012-09-28T06:21:17.600+02:002012-09-28T06:21:17.600+02:00Good analysis. I asked my students today "Wha...Good analysis. I asked my students today <a href="http://www.doingmathematics.com/2/post/2012/09/hidden-curriculum.html" rel="nofollow">"What is the teachers' role and the students' role, in a math class?"</a> The answers are what you'd expect. I need to write something up, explaining to my students what they're not seeing. Maybe this post will help me.Sue VanHattumhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10237941346154683902noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-45157759113708083552012-09-27T20:20:18.294+02:002012-09-27T20:20:18.294+02:00Marshall, it's strangely both comforting and f...Marshall, it's strangely both comforting and frightening that my students are not the only ones struggling with this. :)Julia Tsyganhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04354702485097004759noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-40813957451013096782012-09-27T18:55:16.073+02:002012-09-27T18:55:16.073+02:00Arg, I cannot believe students can get to Algebra ...Arg, I cannot believe students can get to Algebra 2 and still be completely mystified by this activity!!!! Remind me not to do this one anymore, it's making me depressed.<br /><br />(Just kidding I'll still do it - it's very good - but I will have to make sure it's on a day I can go to happy hour afterward.)Marshall Thompsonhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04448166701872031677noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-74821827115135335392012-09-26T12:27:59.574+02:002012-09-26T12:27:59.574+02:00Marshall - well we have to call it "gradient&...Marshall - well we have to call it "gradient" if we teach IB, don't we? I liked this activity, too, even though (or because) it so clearly showed the complete lack of student understanding of how equations and graphs of functions relate to each other. Let me know how it goes in your class! <br />Me, I'm starting from scratch next class. I think I can assume that students know what graphing points means and how to do it, but beyond that I'll try to assume nothing. Of course, finishing the syllabus will be a bit of a challenge (to put it mildly) but I couldn't bear to just ignore such huge gaps in conceptual understanding. <br />I love Sweden too... mostly for the wonderful woods and mountains, though, not Max Martin. :)Julia Tsyganhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04354702485097004759noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-21681650705253238932012-09-26T05:50:43.577+02:002012-09-26T05:50:43.577+02:00#1) I always love it when you Europeans call it &q...#1) I always love it when you Europeans call it "gradient." It's great. As an IB teacher myself it's weirdly rewarding to see that this actually happens.<br /><br />#2) This is super. I am going to use this TOMORROW. Thank you!!!<br /><br />#3) I am in love with Sweden. Max Martin and Shellback are my bros and I've had a crush on Nina Persson since I was 16. My wife is part Swede too...sounds like beautiful country!<br /><br />Thanks again!Marshall Thompsonhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04448166701872031677noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-76577506364952369552012-09-09T00:24:45.682+02:002012-09-09T00:24:45.682+02:00Great post! I have been thinking about similar thi...Great post! I have been thinking about similar things lately, but your post here reminded me that how we structure the interchange between individual, pairs, groups, and whole-class is important for allowing students opportunities to share their understanding, listen to the understanding of others, and (potentially) place them in a state of cognitive conflict that is at the center of learning. Thanks!Bryan Meyerhttp://www.doingmathematics.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-15423424440893498402012-09-08T07:06:36.487+02:002012-09-08T07:06:36.487+02:00Let us know how it goes. Let us know how it goes. Sue VanHattumhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10237941346154683902noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-69414655977531422332012-09-07T21:15:42.023+02:002012-09-07T21:15:42.023+02:00Sue and Carl-Alexandre, thanks for the feedback! Y...Sue and Carl-Alexandre, thanks for the feedback! Yes I also liked that the data was "their own", because it helps them get a feel for the numbers. I really like the suggestion to use a second set of data (provided by me, such as "I asked the other class and they had this many siblings") to test the students methods against. Great idea!<br />This didn't turn out to be a "quick update" like I intended. But maybe it took 30 minutes to write? I'm not sure.<br /> <br />Carl-Alexandre, just out of curiosity: if you're not a teacher, what is your interest in reading teacher blogs? Julia Tsyganhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04354702485097004759noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4246418667558765155.post-71478839779302601622012-09-07T18:09:13.758+02:002012-09-07T18:09:13.758+02:00Wow! I love how you "storified" this. Yo...Wow! I love how you "storified" this. You should film it!<br /><br />I'm not a teacher, but are you sure about this "lesson learned":<br />"the data could have been such that all common mistakes produced answers that were clearly in conflict with the data."<br />How about that you needed a second set of more obvious data to test theories against it?<br /><br />I'm curious, how long did it take to write this superb blog post?<br /><br />Carl from BuzzMathCarl-Alexandre Malartrehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06252601335410928991noreply@blogger.com