Mistakes? Yes!

[I’m writing reflections on my student teaching, still.]

…But I should put more faith in my judgment of the kinds of lessons that can be created by following these sorts of provocative leads. If I had judged poorly, then I would have learned something about teaching mathematics. If I had judged well, then my students would come to expect that unusual but productive forays into thinking were the usual practice in our community. In either case, I would have demonstrated that mathematics is alive and that we, as students of mathematics, are willing to take risks, to challenge our assumptions, and to live a little in our math classroom. That means: we can and do make mistakes. This is not a new idea. It should be our practice to make mistakes as often as necessary, but no more, and not the same ones as before.

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One thought on “Mistakes? Yes!

  1. Hi, Barry,

    I came across your blog via David Wees, and as a fellow mathematics educator 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.

    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.

    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.
    Our concept is to create an exciting, web-based TV show that’s both fun and educational.

    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!

    Thanks in advance for your help,

    Stephanie
    andalepublishing@gmail.com
    http://www.thenumberhunter.com
    http://www.statisticshowto.com

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