I have a confession to make. I love writing for this newsletter because it forces me to catch up on everything that’s built up in blog reader. And when I do, the abundance of ideas is overwhelmingly great. This afternoon, I forwarded 12 links to myself, took 5 screen shots, and made lists on 3 different pads.
Tina Cardone wrote about setting up Math Practice Portfolios for her students last summer, and this week she’s given us a report on the results thus far, complete with examples of student work. She’s created a wonderful structure for her students (and the rest of us!) to monitor their growth as mathematicians.
I cannot WAIT to listen to Episode 1 of Anne Schwartz’s new podcast, Chalkline. Anne writes about (among many other things) issues of social justice in the classroom, and she plans to address these in her podcast. Her first guest, Megan Hayes Golding, addresses LGBTQ issues in teaching.
If you’ve never read about Jonathan Claydon’s Sidewalk Chalk activity, go do that right now! For the last five years, he has taken his students outside to draw polar graphs on the sidewalk around the school. The pictures are completely inspiring, and I’m wondering how I can add a little color to Brooklyn during our Coordinate Geometry unit…
Don Steward. That’s all. I know I’ve written about him before, but his prolific posts continually blow me away – how does he come up with those beautifully simple yet rigorous ideas that go right to the heart of the structure of a topic? Looking for a rigorous Geometry task? This problem on the volume of a torus took my breath away, as I thought about how my students COULD actually do this. This happens with post after post on this blog.
Finally, Evelyn Lamb delves into an error in Andrew Hacker’s book, The Math Myth: And Other STEM Delusions in her blog in Scientific American. There are a lot of reasons (IMHO) to reject Hacker’s ideas, but I love Evelyn’s analysis of the story of Jeb Bush and the 3-4-5 triangle.
Cheers – Wendy Menard