Month: February 2012

Monty in Math Ed

Before you continue reading, This is not a post about the Monty Hall problem. Not because I don’t love the problem, it just isn’t. That ship has sailed. http://musingmathematically.blogspot.com/2011/05/merit-to-mathematics-labs.html This post was born from a conversation I had with a teaching friend after a games night. Along the way, we were reminiscing some past experiences …

Building the Proper Ecology

The beginning of semester poses many challenges–new classes to teach, names to learn, and class sizes to manage. No challenge is greater than building the correct atmosphere in the classroom while balancing the students’ preconceived notions about you, your class, and mathematics. (Hopefully not all three impressions are poor). Students talk. They let their friends know …