This is fantastic. I could do a lot with this, I think.
This is fantastic. I could do a lot with this, I think.
... so on the topic of familymath1... in case you were wondering, my 11 year old only got 8 folds in for an entire Costco roll of 2-ply. 😁 She was hoping to beat your effort from the video. It certainly was more effort (141ft+ long!), but only a tie score. We had a great time.
I love that exploration! It’s about experimentation and having fun while doing it.
I am beyond thrilled with this annual math exploration that was started a year ago, when four math educators had a DM exchange on Twitter on a Tuesday night and then pulled off “How do you Make Maths Fun?” a few days later.
The preparation this time took well over a month, and the weekend panel event was expanded with a Guest Blogger Week leading up to it as well as interviews from educators in the MTBoS community (thank you @PonderingDan , @jlaib , @henrip , and Heidi Allum!)
We also had a Saturday night conversation on the multiplicative inverse that was sparked by the maths panel, moved to Twitter and then branched off to Cake when 288 characters wasn’t enough for conversation.
Thank you, thank you, thank you
to all of our panelists who shared their ideas, passions, suggestions and insights on How to teach Higher Maths to young children. This was amazing and I could not imagine even how to try to summarize the key points because every post was chock full of them.
Before you go.
Panelists, please take a moment to answer these two questions:
How can we best keep up with you?
I'm most active on Twitter so that's the best place to continue following up on these ideas. I'm @TinaCardone. Thanks for inviting me to join this conversation and I hope everyone leaves inspired to continue engaging with math from a variety of perspectives!
What a fun and insightful panel. Thanks everyone!
If you'd like to follow my work, you can find me at mathforlove.com, or on twitter at @mathforlove. I strongly recommend signing up for my mailing list at Math for Love, since I send out a lot of materials and info there.
If you happen to be in Seattle on Pi Day, 2020, I'll be hosting a Julia Robinson Math Festival at the University of Washington. Those festivals are a great way to share beautiful ideas in math with children. If you'd like to host one, or just check out the material they provide, go check out jrmf.org.
I'm pretty active on math twitter - you can follow me @mikeandallie. There I spend a lot of time sharing the ideas I'm exploring with my kids and also learning from all kinds of people interested in math and math education.
The blog where I share the projects with my kids is mikesmathpage.wordpress.com. The boys are in 8th and 10th grade this year and are studying from Art of Problem Solving's Precalculus book and Strang's Linear Agebra, though the bulk of our projects this year have come from Mosteller's 50 Challenging Problems in Probability.
Thanks to everyone for the weekend conversation and especially to Stephen for inviting me to participate. This was the first panel discussion - virtual or otherwise! - that I've ever participated in.
Wow. First thank you Stephen for putting together this great panel. Thank you fellow panelists for bringing so many different views to light. It truly shows the flexibility of mathematics, and approach.
Young minds are open to learning. Numbers and counting is part of most children’s lives before they can speak. It has been argued that infants think of their fingers and toes as the numbers 1 through 10, because of how often they are referenced in this manner.
But children’s brains are wired to discard information they don’t need. A brain that hears, “math is stupid”, “we don’t need math”, “math is too hard”, etc...is a brain that will avoid and discard math. There are two quotes that I love from Daniel J. Siegel, Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, and author of The Whole-Brain Child
1.) “...Rather than trying to shelter...children from life’s inevitable difficulties, we can help them integrate those experiences into their understanding of the world and learn from them.”
Teach children how to persevere. Not everything is easy. With patience and time they can succeed.
2.)”....integration ...it coordinates and balances the separate regions of the brain that it links together. It’s easy to see when...kids aren’t integrated—they become overwhelmed by their emotions, confused and chaotic. They can’t respond calmly and capably to the situation at hand. Tantrums, meltdowns, aggression,...a loss of integration, also known as dis-integration.“
A loss of integration, disintegration, or disintegrate. To break down. No matter their age or level, we need to be mindful of disintegration. It is often read as disruptive, or unnecessary behavior, when at it’s core it is often the inability or unwillingness to communicate confusion.
Note: As adults we tend to look away when we know what’s going on, and bring our attention back when we need more information. Children are very much the opposite. They give attention to what they know, and turn away from what confounds their thinking. They need time to process information. Figure out how it fits. They do this during play, imitating, mimicking, imagination, and quiet times.
Teach, and nurture appreciation. Allow space for processing. The how and why will happen. Math is not training for the standardized test, not a race to the end of the textbook, not made for collecting A’s on a report card.
Math is a way to understand and express our world symbolically, through comparisons, and relationships. Math is ever evolving, because we are ever changing.
Math is a journey and an adventure. There’s plenty to discover, and lots of ways we use it everyday.
Learn it, share it, add to it. It belongs to all of us.
If you’re looking for me:
I’m Sophia Stier, creator LilMathGirl™️
Follow on Twitter and Instagram @LilMathGirl Contact by DM or at firstname.lastname@example.org Vist the website at LilMathGirl (Still a work in progress, but you can meet Lil’s Friends and see what they’re working on)
Upcoming speaking engagements:
CMC north, Asilomar CA, Dec. 2019
NCTM Chicago, April 2020
LilMathGirl Podcast launches mid January with guests such as Dr. Christopher Brownell (Math Recess), Dr. James Tanton (The Global Math Project, and Exploding Dots), Patricia Dickenson (Teaching Outside The Box -Technology Infused Math Instruction)
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