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Rather than burning class time for presentations, the business & marketing teacher had students record their product presentations using Photo Booth. This weekend, the students will watch And evaluate themselves using a form on Moodle.

Kitty Triangles and Puppy Bandanas, or why your students roll their eyes when you assert the value of math

Dan Meyer writes about Unnatural Currents. Here’s an example from the Geo textbook I “use”.

“The saddest part of all this “reform” are the attempts to “make math interesting” and “relevant to kids’ lives.” You don’t need to make math interesting— it’s already more interesting than we can handle! And the glory of it is its complete irrelevance to our lives. That’s why it’s so fun!”

Paul Lockhart

Day 7: Notes

I’ve been more intentional about students’ note-taking than I have been in the past.  Working with mostly high school freshmen, it behoves me to teach some organizational skills.

I think there might be pedagogical/mathematical reasons to encourage organized notes.  Euclid put propositions in order.  I don’t deign to be Euclid, but as a teacher of mathematics (Geometry in particular), I want my students to experience the myriad connections among concepts within the course.