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Who or what broke my kids? "The basic premise of the activity is that students must sort cards including probability statements, terms such as unlikely and probable, pictorial representations, and fraction, decimal, and percent probabilities and place them on a number line based on their theoretical probability. I thought it would be an interactive way to gauge student understanding. Instead it turned into a ten minute nightmare where I was asked no less than 52 times if their answers were “right”. I took it well until I was asked for the 53rd time and then I lost it. We stopped class right there and proceeded to have a ten minute discussion on who broke them."

posted by escabeche on Jun 1, 2014 - 107 comments

posted by escabeche on Jun 1, 2014 - 107 comments

Five reasons not to share that Common Core worksheet on Facebook [more inside]

posted by eviemath on May 25, 2014 - 202 comments

posted by eviemath on May 25, 2014 - 202 comments

The Teaching of Arithmetic: The Story of an experiment. *In the fall of 1929 I made up my mind to try the experiment of abandoning all formal instruction in arithmetic below the seventh grade and concentrating on teaching the children to read, to reason, and to recite - my new Three R's. And by reciting I did not mean giving back, verbatim, the words of the teacher or of the textbook. I meant speaking the English language. I picked out five rooms - three third grades, one combining the third and fourth grades, and one fifth grade. I asked the teachers if they would be willing to try the experiment.*

posted by Wolfdog on Mar 8, 2014 - 18 comments

posted by Wolfdog on Mar 8, 2014 - 18 comments

Recently Emily Graslie, of the fantastic natural history tumblr and youtube series TheBrainScoop, was asked a question about whether she had personally experienced sexism in her field. Her response is fucking amazing.

posted by Blasdelb on Dec 6, 2013 - 37 comments

Inside is her goldmine of awesome female science educators online with channels that focus on Science Technology Engineering and Math. My work day is fucked.[more inside]

posted by Blasdelb on Dec 6, 2013 - 37 comments

Headlines from a Mathematically Literate World [more inside]

posted by Blasdelb on Dec 4, 2013 - 32 comments

posted by Blasdelb on Dec 4, 2013 - 32 comments

posted by jeffburdges on Nov 12, 2013 - 64 comments

The Washington Post reports on a ridiculous mathematics test for first graders administered under New York's Common Core standards initiative. [Common Core previously.]

posted by Westringia F. on Nov 1, 2013 - 197 comments

posted by Westringia F. on Nov 1, 2013 - 197 comments

The series of Project Mathematics tapes regularly brought the house down at the annual SIGGRAPH video show; these mathematical animations were glowing jewels among the over-produced, techy-commercial animations usually shown at SIGGRAPH. -- Edward Tufte via edwardtufte.comI wonder where these jewels might be found ... [more inside]

posted by tarpin on May 23, 2013 - 8 comments

Henry Reich of Minute Physics shares his favorite science blogs, video channels, and other resources on the web. (Minute Physics previously) [more inside]

posted by ocherdraco on Feb 8, 2013 - 5 comments

posted by ocherdraco on Feb 8, 2013 - 5 comments

Last night was the grand opening of the Museum of Mathematics in New York City, the only museum of its kind in North America. The video is narrated by MoMath's chief of content, mathematical sculptor George Hart (better known in some circles as Vi Hart's dad.) The sculpture of the space of three-note chords in the video is based on the work of Dmitri Tymoczko, and the lovely curved hammock of strings a visitor is sitting in at the end is a ruled quadric surface. Many more videos at the Museum of Mathematics YouTube channel. Coverage from the New Scientist. (Previously on MetaFilter.)

posted by escabeche on Dec 13, 2012 - 24 comments

posted by escabeche on Dec 13, 2012 - 24 comments

"Milgram and Bishop are opposed to reforms of mathematics teaching and support the continuation of a model in which students learn mathematics without engaging in realistic problems or discussing mathematical methods. They are, of course, entitled to this opinion, and there has been an ongoing, spirited academic debate about mathematics learning for a number of years. But Milgram and Bishop have gone beyond the bounds of reasoned discourse in a campaign to systematically suppress empirical evidence that contradicts their stance. Academic disagreement is an inevitable consequence of academic freedom, and I welcome it. However, responsible disagreement and academic bullying are not the same thing. Milgram and Bishop have engaged in a range of tactics to discredit me and damage my work which I have now decided to make public." Jo Boaler, professor of mathematics education at Stanford, accuses two mathematicians, one her colleague of Stanford, of unethical attempts to discredit her research, which supports "active engagement" with mathematics (aka "reform math") over the more traditional "practicing procedures" approach. [more inside]

posted by escabeche on Oct 18, 2012 - 119 comments

posted by escabeche on Oct 18, 2012 - 119 comments

Is your elementary school youngster struggling with math? Are they a visual person? Would math games and videos help them learn? Enter Math Playground, to assist with problem solving and real world math. Try the enticing logic game Sugar, Sugar or beef up your math word problem skills. There are plenty of games to help educate while entertaining.

posted by netbros on Sep 4, 2012 - 14 comments

posted by netbros on Sep 4, 2012 - 14 comments

Slate: Technology is doing to math education what industrial agriculture did to food: making it efficient, monotonous, and low-quality. [more inside]

posted by beisny on Jun 30, 2012 - 70 comments

posted by beisny on Jun 30, 2012 - 70 comments

Science! (autoplaying video) The 42nd season of "Sesame Street," which premiered today, will be including a few new educational categories for preschoolers in its usual mix of lessons and parodies: STEM skills — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. In addition to more scientifically accurate slapstick, characters will try experiments, build bridges and boats, launch rockets and think through problems that require trial and error, observation and data -- all problem areas for America's students. [more inside]

posted by zarq on Sep 27, 2011 - 34 comments

posted by zarq on Sep 27, 2011 - 34 comments

Larry Gonick is a veteran American cartoonist best known for his delightful comic-book guides to science and history, many of which have previews online. Chief among them is his long-running *Cartoon History of the Universe* (later *The Cartoon History of the Modern World*), a sprawling multi-volume opus documenting everything from the Big Bang to the Bush administration. Published over the course of three decades, it takes a truly global view -- its time-traveling Professor thoroughly explores not only familiar topics like Rome and World War II but the oft-neglected stories of Asia and Africa, blending caricature and myth with careful scholarship (cited by fun illustrated bibliographies) and tackling even the most obscure events with intelligence and wit. This savvy satire carried over to Gonick's Zinn-by-way-of-*Pogo* chronicle *The Cartoon History of the United States*, along with a bevy of *Cartoon Guides* to other topics, including *Genetics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, The Environment*, and (yes!) *Sex*. Gonick has also maintained a few sideprojects, such as a webcomic look at Chinese invention, assorted math comics (previously), the *Muse* magazine mainstay *Kokopelli & Co.* (featuring the shenanigans of his "New Muses"), and more. See also these lengthy interview snippets, linked previously. Want more? Amazon links to the complete oeuvre inside! [more inside]

posted by Rhaomi on Jun 6, 2011 - 29 comments

posted by Rhaomi on Jun 6, 2011 - 29 comments

Salman Khan: The Messiah of Math - "His free website, dubbed the Khan Academy, may well be the most popular educational site in the world. Last month about 2 million students visited. MIT's OpenCourseWare site, by comparison, has been around since 2001 and averages 1 million visits each month... [more inside]

posted by kliuless on May 28, 2011 - 150 comments

posted by kliuless on May 28, 2011 - 150 comments

"Value-added modeling is promoted because it has the right pedigree -- because it is based on "sophisticated mathematics." As a consequence, mathematics that ought to be used to illuminate ends up being used to intimidate." John Ewing, president of Math for America and former executive director of the American Mathematical Society, criticizes the "value-added modeling" approach used as a proxy for teacher quality, most famously in a Los Angeles Times story that called out low-scoring teachers by name. A Brookings Institution paper says value-added modeling is flawed but the best measure we have of teacher value, arguing that the metric's wide fluctuations from year to year are no worse than those of batting averages in baseball. (Though the weakness of that correlation is mostly a BABIP issue.) Can we assign a numerical value to teacher quality? If so, how?

posted by escabeche on Apr 27, 2011 - 62 comments

posted by escabeche on Apr 27, 2011 - 62 comments

Horizon asks "What is reality?" -- youtube for links for those outside the UK: 1, 2, 3, 4. It's a hard question. To help you answer it, Stanford has a set of free courses available on line by Leonard Susskind:
General Relativity, Cosmology, New Revolutions in Particle Physics, Quantum Entanglement, Special Relativity, Classical Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, The Standard Model. (Each link is to lecture 1 of a full college course of a dozen or so lectures.) If you need help with the math, the Khan Academy should help get you up to speed.

posted by empath on Jan 23, 2011 - 67 comments

posted by empath on Jan 23, 2011 - 67 comments

Dan Meyer is a high school math teacher with a clever idea: make math about the real world. On his blog, he writes about classroom management, the real skills of teaching, labels, information design, and assessment.

posted by l33tpolicywonk on May 14, 2010 - 30 comments

posted by l33tpolicywonk on May 14, 2010 - 30 comments

Mathematics Illuminated is a set of thirteen surveys in varied topics in mathematics, nicely produced with video, text, and interactive Flash gadgets for each of the topics.

posted by Wolfdog on Apr 14, 2010 - 8 comments

posted by Wolfdog on Apr 14, 2010 - 8 comments

posted by albrecht on Jan 28, 2010 - 56 comments

From 1980 - 1988, a science education series called 3-2-1 Contact ran on PBS. Produced by Children's Television Workshop, the series was geared toward an older audience than other popular CTW offerings Sesame Street and The Electric Company, and focused on teaching kids about science, math and the world around them. [more inside]

posted by zarq on Jan 25, 2010 - 79 comments

posted by zarq on Jan 25, 2010 - 79 comments

Math Education: An Inconvenient Truth. How children learn (or: don't learn) math today. [more inside]

posted by davar on Sep 6, 2008 - 130 comments

posted by davar on Sep 6, 2008 - 130 comments

EducationFilter: California becomes the first state to mandate all 8th graders take Algebra; in part because U.S. students constantly trail their peers from other nations in mathematics. At least one person thinks it's a bad idea ("If only 25 percent of this nation ever earns a college degree, why insist that all children take algebra in eighth grade?"). Here's the algebra curriculum 8th graders will have to learn. [more inside]

posted by jabberjaw on Jul 10, 2008 - 124 comments

posted by jabberjaw on Jul 10, 2008 - 124 comments

Smart Shorties is a new CD being marketed to teachers that takes the beats from popular rap songs and rewrites them to the multiplication tables, with the intent of improving kids' math skills. Forbes has a nice roundup on it's history, and NPR has done a featurette on it as well At the very least, it's certainly worth a listen for the chuckle potential, but in addition to that, it's an interesting example of the now-booming Edutainment industry, something that not only spans CD's, but also computer games and even standalone video game consoles.

also, Smart Shorties is certainly not the only "Hip-hop in the classroom" product out there, nor is it the first.

posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew on Jun 8, 2008 - 37 comments

also, Smart Shorties is certainly not the only "Hip-hop in the classroom" product out there, nor is it the first.

posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew on Jun 8, 2008 - 37 comments

“…if I had to design a mechanism for the express purpose of *destroying* a child’s natural curiosity and love of pattern-making, I couldn’t possibly do as good a job as is currently being done — I simply wouldn’t have the imagination to come up with the kind of senseless, soul-crushing ideas that constitute contemporary mathematics education.” [more inside]

posted by blasdelf on Apr 10, 2008 - 79 comments

posted by blasdelf on Apr 10, 2008 - 79 comments

Free math courses online, from very basic to brainiac. [more inside]

posted by nickyskye on Feb 26, 2008 - 19 comments

posted by nickyskye on Feb 26, 2008 - 19 comments

Fun and games with mathematics and mathematical puzzles (e.g. heart basket, Rubik's Cube, Rubik's Magic, hypercubes, and more) in both English and (with yet more content in) German.

posted by Blazecock Pileon on Feb 18, 2008 - 6 comments

posted by Blazecock Pileon on Feb 18, 2008 - 6 comments

Basic Concepts in Science: A List A regularly updated list of blog entries explaining the basics of science and mathematics.

posted by LeeJay on Jan 25, 2008 - 16 comments

posted by LeeJay on Jan 25, 2008 - 16 comments

Aptitude Schmaptitude! *While the state of mathematical incompetence in this country has been much lamented, most famously in Paulos's brilliant 1988 book Innumeracy, it is still tacitly accepted . . . Being incompetent in math has become not only acceptable in this widely innumerate culture, it has almost become a matter of pride. No one
goes around showing off that he is illiterate, or has no athletic ability, but declarations of innumeracy are constantly made without any embarrassment or shame. *

posted by jason's_planet on May 3, 2007 - 140 comments

posted by jason's_planet on May 3, 2007 - 140 comments

The Narrow Road : in which a professional mathematician guides you through pure mathematics (and touches on tangential issues).

posted by phrontist on May 1, 2007 - 10 comments

posted by phrontist on May 1, 2007 - 10 comments

The Value of Algebra: "*Gabriela, sooner or later someone's going to tell you that algebra teaches reasoning. This is a lie propagated by, among others, algebra teachers.*"

posted by daksya on Feb 16, 2006 - 190 comments

posted by daksya on Feb 16, 2006 - 190 comments

Mathematics Awareness Month - April 2005: Essays, DVD, Links. Prior MAMs.

posted by Gyan on Apr 1, 2005 - 7 comments

posted by Gyan on Apr 1, 2005 - 7 comments

From MathNet to that silly song about the number nine, Square One was one of my all-time favourite programs as a kid. It hasn't been released on video or DVD, but luckily there are plenty of fansites with video clips, pics, and other media to take you on a trip down mathematical memory lane.

posted by sanitycheck on Jan 18, 2005 - 25 comments

posted by sanitycheck on Jan 18, 2005 - 25 comments

Mathematics and art are thoroughly explored as two intertwined fields, in this online version of a Dartmouth course focusing on patterns [more inside].

posted by edlundart on Oct 29, 2003 - 10 comments

posted by edlundart on Oct 29, 2003 - 10 comments

Math text battles. Teachers unanimously recommended textbook series that helps students understand mathematical concepts. School Board ignored them and picked Saxon texts that promise to "raise scores on standardized tests." Are we teaching students to understand, or to score high and get politicians off the hook?

posted by darren on May 17, 2001 - 16 comments

posted by darren on May 17, 2001 - 16 comments

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