tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.comments2017-04-24T16:32:16.960-07:00{Musing Mathematically}Nat Bantinghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08088568485640783921noreply@blogger.comBlogger220125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-69185025538251484452017-04-24T16:32:16.960-07:002017-04-24T16:32:16.960-07:00I don't have a good response for the "whe...I don't have a good response for the "when will I use this?" question, because I think that the underlying question is different than it appears. When students ask this, they are asking when will it be useful for them, in the sense that it will accomplish something. We need to understand that their (and mostly everyone's) scope of the "useful" is incredibly small, and so playing the game with "real-world" is a losing battle. Students want to know if it will do their chores or help them impress that special someone. They don't know what relevance is beyond the idea of utility.<br /><br />I think this starts with a re-framing of the concept of "relevance". Something is relevant when it originates with our being in a context. By that I mean, relevance is posed not ordained. Problems in the class become relevant when students interact with ideas to bring forth new ones. I like to think of relevance less in terms of application and more in terms of generation. Relevance is generated through students as they act mathematically. Never acting with a problem means it cannot become relevant--intellectually, aesthetically, or eventually, vocationally. The job of math teachers is to provide opportunities for students to pose mathematical problems as relevant. <br /><br />In saying all of this, I have dodged your question. Hopefully, this has caused further interaction with the issue, thus making it personally relevant ;)Nat Bantinghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08088568485640783921noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-6401236304839931212017-04-24T16:22:53.496-07:002017-04-24T16:22:53.496-07:00These students were familiar with the language bec...These students were familiar with the language because they had been studying the various types of functions. If you are working with younger students, Fawn Nguyen has a great Puppy House project. http://fawnnguyen.com/desmos-puppy-house/Nat Bantinghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08088568485640783921noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-21214421223258888892017-04-23T21:44:56.459-07:002017-04-23T21:44:56.459-07:00What do you think is the best way to phrase more s...What do you think is the best way to phrase more specific guidelines without intimidating the students away from creativity? It seems that including a lot of mathematical vocabulary may be discouraging for some of the students.Isabelle Tnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-10790968377730513562017-04-23T21:29:28.454-07:002017-04-23T21:29:28.454-07:00I like the idea of teaching math in a relevant con...I like the idea of teaching math in a relevant context, but when posed with the question "When am I going to use this?" by students, how does one answer in a way that doesn't undercut the idea that it doesn't have to be "real-world" to be important and interesting?Isabelle Tnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-61346669621344502882017-02-20T09:04:49.102-08:002017-02-20T09:04:49.102-08:00What grade level is this?
Have you seen the Beas...What grade level is this? <br /><br />Have you seen the Beast Academy materials? Their 3A books work with perimeter and area. The beasts discuss how they can figure out which plank is biggest. (They consider length, perimeter, and area, though they don't use the terms at first.) The practice problems have students work on skip counting and subtracting, along with basic addition. Beast Academy problems include lots of problem solving.<br />Sue VanHattumhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10237941346154683902noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-22617765245175798952016-12-05T04:36:07.554-08:002016-12-05T04:36:07.554-08:00Hello! This post was recommended for The Best of t...Hello! This post was recommended for The Best of the Math Teacher Blogs 2016: a collection of people's favorite blog posts of the year. We would like to publish an edited volume of the posts at the end of the year and use the money raised toward a scholarship for TMC. Please let us know by responding via http://goo.gl/forms/LLURZ4GOsQ whether or not you grant us permission to include your post. Thank you, Tina and Lani.Ilonahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/00156380495019946768noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-83631481916277803202016-12-04T20:16:40.682-08:002016-12-04T20:16:40.682-08:00Hello! This post was recommended for The Best of t...Hello! This post was recommended for The Best of the Math Teacher Blogs 2016: a collection of people's favorite blog posts of the year. We would like to publish an edited volume of the posts at the end of the year and use the money raised toward a scholarship for TMC. Please let us know by responding via http://goo.gl/forms/LLURZ4GOsQ whether or not you grant us permission to include your post. Thank you, Tina and Lani.Ilonahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/00156380495019946768noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-63851833802035042522016-11-25T23:32:17.785-08:002016-11-25T23:32:17.785-08:00can you help me?can you help me?Raya Yahyahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14529910174008733352noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-1930782407301017682016-11-02T16:08:31.874-07:002016-11-02T16:08:31.874-07:00I'm not saying application is bad, but used as...I'm not saying application is bad, but used as justification, it is shallow. Nat Bantinghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08088568485640783921noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-9472823170533216852016-11-02T02:34:35.983-07:002016-11-02T02:34:35.983-07:00(Sorry — deleted comment was me!)
Nice post. I la...(Sorry — deleted comment was me!)<br /><br />Nice post. I largely concur.<br /><br />First and foremost, I want students to work on mathematically-challenging problems that they find relevant. I don't much mind if those problems come from the 'real world' or not.Amie Albrecht (@nomad_penguin)http://amiealbrecht.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-58044182483452961662016-11-02T02:33:17.850-07:002016-11-02T02:33:17.850-07:00This comment has been removed by the author.Unsurehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07136241477969197201noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-38125944058069492532016-11-01T19:07:27.506-07:002016-11-01T19:07:27.506-07:00Interesting thought - we teach "the language&...Interesting thought - we teach "the language" in which the world works. <br /><br />When possible, I don't mind seeing the application that is possible, BUT I love math for the beauty of math.<br /><br />I want others to feel that.Shawn Lemkohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10330003552047772459noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-63568664256548719692016-11-01T15:31:43.480-07:002016-11-01T15:31:43.480-07:00Yes, considering that the things our children do t...Yes, considering that the things our children do the most enthusiastically are pure escapism... 'real world' is an unlikely sell.Simon Gregghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07751362728185120933noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-56208766907247882182016-09-21T23:36:19.011-07:002016-09-21T23:36:19.011-07:00Thank youThank youhellonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-28333250538022391002016-09-15T04:41:41.454-07:002016-09-15T04:41:41.454-07:00Really a great addition. I have read this marvelou...Really a great addition. I have read this marvelous post. Thanks for sharing information about it. I really like that. Thanks so lot for your work.<br /><a href="http://www.whiteboardsnz.com/" rel="nofollow">whiteboards for sale</a>Martin Alexhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15800849188106741631noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-86980327514106911552016-08-25T21:18:12.061-07:002016-08-25T21:18:12.061-07:00I had it except that I thought the 2nd die had two...I had it except that I thought the 2nd die had two tens instead of two twos. (I wonder if mine were just as likely.) I didn't need the answer but a file with the numbers to be played with would have helped. I typed them all into a spreadsheet. Here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EMknZYgz55gq5eyqIDFvfUr_RCIACDD4hRgRDeU_jGs/edit?usp=sharing<br />Sue VanHattumhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10237941346154683902noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-47088490430444774422016-08-07T18:25:25.427-07:002016-08-07T18:25:25.427-07:00That's really good. We tried our luck drawing ...That's really good. We tried our luck drawing our own <a href="http://mathvault.ca/desmos.art-guide/" rel="nofollow">Redditbots</a> using 219 equations/inequalities, and writing a guide about it alongside. Lots of work, accompanying by lots of fun!Thomashttp://mathvault.canoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-34140624712249078032016-07-24T13:22:40.340-07:002016-07-24T13:22:40.340-07:00Hello Nat,
This is great.
I have been involved wi...Hello Nat,<br />This is great. <br />I have been involved with math fairs like this for about 16 years. There is an ongoing workshop every spring at BIRS, and perhaps next April or May you might be able to come and tell us more about what you are doing. (see http://www.mathfair.com/workshops-and-conferences.html).<br />- Ted Ted Lewishttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14735688173332782804noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-49267352044755617292016-07-07T01:49:14.965-07:002016-07-07T01:49:14.965-07:00Thanks for sharing those wonderful ideas, it looks...Thanks for sharing those wonderful ideas, it looks fantastic!<br />I would love to know more about thw dark room -can you please explain what you did ther?shiranoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-25746985011319177552016-06-29T12:32:55.912-07:002016-06-29T12:32:55.912-07:00This looks really cool - I think I'm going to ...This looks really cool - I think I'm going to borrow some of the activities (sweet 16 looks promising) next year.mymathclubhttp://mymathclub.blogspot.com/noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-13186732016330101292016-06-20T20:03:56.232-07:002016-06-20T20:03:56.232-07:00Yes, you must be doing something right if this is ...Yes, you must be doing something right if this is your students' views of mathematics!Karen Fonkerthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12004458246674679008noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-28707498324790501822016-06-20T17:39:47.858-07:002016-06-20T17:39:47.858-07:00Great answers, Nat. Love the focus on problem solv...Great answers, Nat. Love the focus on problem solving and reasoning.John Goldenhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18212162438307044259noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-65377473666594210282016-06-20T08:58:53.002-07:002016-06-20T08:58:53.002-07:00Outstanding, Nat ... you are right to be proud of ...Outstanding, Nat ... you are right to be proud of these kids, and congratulations on the good work you (and others) have done with them! <br /><br />Too often, people would have these same kids say "I practiced getting Answers until I could do that really well", in the hope that repetition would lead to enlightenment. While repetition leads to many worthy things (fluency, speed, accuracy, and others), it seldom is sufficient for learning how to develop a new "way of looking at the world". <br /><br />Thanks for sharing this!<br /><br />#verycoolGerry Vartynoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-23257439788341250772016-05-11T09:32:35.961-07:002016-05-11T09:32:35.961-07:00Nice blog, you should have to create atmosphere li...Nice blog, you should have to create atmosphere like gaming zone in classroom & after the you have to teach them lots of small things during game it will help you to increase interest them for maths...!!! I am also teacher and I would like to teach them during game, I work for <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mymathdonecom/" rel="nofollow">mymathdone.com review</a>....!!!!Mymath Donehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06999402545270470726noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8255957639083024024.post-50834029060837077622016-04-28T12:44:39.113-07:002016-04-28T12:44:39.113-07:00I like this game; it reminds me of Cross Crib htt...I like this game; it reminds me of Cross Crib http://www.crosscribb.com/how.htm I can envision two players competing on the same board by drawing cards in turn and placing them to maximize their own chances of winning. Further extension: bonus for the diagonals. Thanks for sharing!Unknownhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17376169185134992808noreply@blogger.com