Is There Room for More Critical Thinking in Math Education?

At the 2011 Secular Student Alliance conference, I gave a talk about the need for more critical thinking in math education. The video of the talk is finally available so I wanted to share that with you. (Plus, I’m at a math conference this weekend and it seemed like the perfect time to post it.) [Read More...]

Answer to That Crazy Math Problem…

Some of you wanted to know how to solve the math problem I posted yesterday. Here’s my worked out solution! Hope it makes sense [Read more...]

The Craziest Problem I’ve Had My Students Solve This Year…

***Update***: The solution is posted here. … I don’t post nearly enough about teaching high school math (my day job) on this page. And since I’m giving more public talks about education these days, might as well write about it here, too Last month, after some of my honors’ students learned about composite functions, I [Read More...]

I’m Going to South Carolina… to Talk About Math!

I’ll be speaking at the University of South Carolina (in Columbia) on Sunday night, October 9th! (When you’re a teacher in the middle of the school year, this is how you make the most of your long weekends.) And the topic is… not atheism! Nope. We’re gonna talk about math. (Don’t run away! I promise [Read More...]

The Best Young Math Problem Solver in the World Is a Girl

Remember how awesome it was that the top three finishers at the Google Science Fair were all girls? They got some well-deserved attention for that. Here’s a story that probably won’t get as much press, but it’s just as impressive considering how few women go into mathematics. At the 2011 International Mathematical Olympiad, 18-year-old Lisa [Read More...]