October 2, 2014
Leaders in Educational Thought: Mathematics K-12

Ontario Ministry of Education:

Conversations at The Ontario Association for Mathematics Education (OAME) 2014

[source: QSLMA conference]

October 2, 2014
Maths Is A Feminist Issue

Moya Sarner:

Here at Good Housekeeping, we believe that maths is a feminist issue. Some 41% of girls say they are no good at maths, compared with 24% of boys – and it’s something we have to change, because that’s reflected in career choice. In 2012, only 13% of the UK’s jobs in science, technology, engineering and maths were held by women, meaning we are missing out on so many of the more senior, higher-paid finance and boardroom jobs.

[source: mme rss]

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October 2, 2014
Let's Get Real About Math Word Problems

Keith Devlin (paying homage to Paul Lockhart’s quote, “What a sad way to learn mathematics, like a trained chimpanzee”): 

If you are well trained in Pre-Common-Core school math, you probably jumped right in and came up with a number, most likely 12. That’s the answer I would surely have come up with when I was at school, having been well trained to perform like a mathematical circus animal.

Worthy of note, Devlin, more than any other individual, Devlin’s Angle (to be more specific), helped disseminate ‘Lockhart’s Lament’, which is where the chimpanzee quote is from, to the masses.

[source: Devlin’s Twitter feed]

October 1, 2014
EA Sports Simulates the 2014-15 NHL Season with NHL15

EA Sports:

The puck is almost ready to drop on the latest NHL season and the EA SPORTS NHL team is keeping its tradition of simulating the upcoming season.

[…]

Check out how we think the season will unfold.

[source: That’s Hockey on TSN]

October 1, 2014
The Pitfalls of Precalculus

David Bressoud:

Many of the students who aspire to study science or engineering never manage to get through calculus. For many if not most of them, the stumbling block is not calculus as such; it is an inadequate grasp of the mathematics of precalculus. This is why most colleges and universities administer a placement exam and offer a course called Precalculus.[…]

[source: mme rss]

September 30, 2014
The Tetris Movie Is A Real Thing That Is Happening

Lauren Davis:

Watch the skies for falling geometric shapes, because Tetris is the latest game that is being adapted as a feature film. So how on Earth is this going to work?

[source: mme rss]

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September 30, 2014
Will Common-Core Testing Platforms Impede Math Tasks?

Liana Heitin:

As two state consortia work to finish new assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards, some mathematics experts say they’re worried that the computer-based testing platforms will hamper a key element of the exams: open-ended math-performance tasks that test students’ ability to apply their knowledge.

[source: Jerry Becker’s Listserve]

September 30, 2014
The Odds, Continually Updated

F. D. Lam:

Statistics may not sound like the most heroic of pursuits. But if not for statisticians, a Long Island fisherman might have died in the Atlantic Ocean after falling off his boat early one morning last summer.

[source: Paulos’s Twitter feed]

September 30, 2014

What Can’t We Predict With Math?

enjoy!

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September 29, 2014
Sports Gamblers Work on Formulas to Winning Money During Football Season

Jeff Glauser:

Bill Davis, who has taught courses ranging from advanced calculus to statistics for the past two decades, decided he too no longer wanted to fall into the category of people who bet the house only to lose their shirt.  

About 10 years ago, the teacher became a student, as Davis began developing a formula for predicting the outcomes of games. After meticulous research and analysis, along with numerous conversations with front office team officials, Davis claims he was able to predict the outcome against the spread 72-95 percent of the time, depending on the availability of data.   

[source: mme rss]

September 29, 2014
Statistician Creates Model To Predict What's Next In Game Of Thrones

Mark Strauss:

Call it the ultimate spoiler: Richard Vale, a lecturer in the Statistics Department at the University of Canterbury, has developed a mathematical model to predict the fates of the characters in the next two Game of Thrones novels.

[source: mme rss]

September 29, 2014
Love numbers? A reading list for math enthusiasts

TED-Ed Blog:

Ready to level up your working knowledge of math? Below, Jennifer Ouellette, author of The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse shares her favorite mathematics reading picks. Here’s what to read now — and next.  

[source: mme rss]

September 26, 2014

Is WISE Math “Strengthening Education in Math”?

Presentation slides (and perhaps more) will be available for download on www.eganchernoff.com in the near future. Stay tuned!

September 26, 2014
See This Teacher's Amazing Response To The Question, 'But When Are We Gonna Have To Use This?'

Megan Kelley:

Middle-school math class: pre-algebra, permutations, combinations, and simply trying to learn anything in the midst of one of the most awkward stages of life.

A few months ago, we posted a video of a teacher using a counting puzzle to engage his students and teach them that math can be pretty cool. They had so much fun and were so excited that we picked up the story that they made a sequel.

[source: email from @galefocedwinds]

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September 26, 2014

Around the World (A Counting Problem Sequel)

enjoy!

[source: email from @galeforcedwinds]

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