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Real Math[s]

This is amazing. This guy has done incredible things with Wolfram Alpha and now shares his ideas on maths teaching and in particular the place of computers in teaching.

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Pseudocontext

Reading Dan Meyer’s blog today I came across a discussion on ‘pseudocontext’. Those pointless, make believe, so called contextual maths questions that I have railed against for years. They are neither useful nor inteteresting and go a long way to … Continue reading

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Mathematician Poets

“A mathematician who is not also a poet will never be a complete mathematician.” —Karl Theodor Wilhelm Weierstrass

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Rewarding Effort not Achievment

I’ve been discussing this with a number of staff recently. I wish I could remember where I first read this so I could link to what I remember as a very interesting piece. The more I discuss this the more … Continue reading

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Removing the Scaffold

Anyone who is interested in the state of maths education should watch Dan Meyer (below) and read as much as possible of his blog. Dan very succinctly and clearly lays out the case for what I call ‘removing the scaffolding’. … Continue reading

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Growing Mathematicians

So, we just had a very constructive year 10 “Growing Mathematicians’ meeting. Actually, I’ve just invented that title but a title always makes you feel part of something and not just like going to another meeting so maybe it will … Continue reading

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John Francis

This man ‘walked the earth’ for three decades and for seventeen of those years did not speak. This is one of those videos that I am always so grateful for stumbling upon and which seem to come along every once … Continue reading

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all things prezi

So, only a few days until I present prezi at the i-connect mini conference. The more I prepare the more I wish I had 3 hours rather than just 45 minutes. Quite what I can achieve in such a short … Continue reading

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What are we teaching our kids?

…or more to the point, “What am I teaching my students?” It seems the only honest answer to this is “exactly the same as has been taught for the last 200 years.” Of course, there is the human factor. The … Continue reading

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