In today’s episode, we explore some of the genesis of Richard’s fascination with puzzle making and solving. Richard describes, in depth a puzzle similar to O’Beirne’s step-cut that he himself created. Then expands on O’Beirne’s puzzle itself. This link will take you to a page with three videos he references in http://goo.gl/Y3ta7C
Wilma Hashimoto is one of the AIMS Center’s Research Associates working on a project focused on the pre-school years and how children build their earliest understandings of mathematical thought. We focus on how early understandings of mathematics affect learning trajectories can influence success in later schooling. We also examine what sort of things can and should comprise early mathematics instruction. A point about creating “intentional” mathematical learning opportunities is also examined. We get to talk about Spew too!
In the studio with Mike Fenton, an Activity Constructor for the Desmos graphing calculator company. We talk about the Desmos Guidelines for Activity Development, and how they reflect a solid commitment to student centered learning, and developing lessons that require and encourage discussion in the classroom. A little discussion into what he refers to as… Continue Reading
Sunil Singh is mathematics educator in Canada talks to us about his book, the reasons for its inception, and his hopes for how math ought to be taught. Based upon the idea that mathematics, as a human adventure, Sunil describes how this subject can embody such beauty and passion. He has a hope that while… Continue Reading
In this podcast we explore what it means to do mathematical modeling and why it should be a part of the K-12 classroom. Dr. Steve Pauls, in a table-turning episode, interviews Dr. Chris Brownell about this somewhat murky topic. Within the talk we explore how modeling can and ought to be a way for teachers… Continue Reading
Joining us today via Skype is Dr. Andy Norton of Virginia Tech University. He will be discussing an area of research he is focused upon known as Units Coordination. This is an idea that has been shown to be critical to students’ abilities to understand the Part to Whole relationship in fractions, and more abstract… Continue Reading
Today we learn one of our researchers’ conceptualization of what ZPC is, and what its role is in learning. Dr. Tiffany Friesen joins us in the studio to discuss this and drops a nugget or two of wisdom on us about children’s conceptualizations and their viability. Continue Reading
Today we are joined in the studio by Dr. Richard Thiessen, fresh off his colloquium talk yesterday. This talk focused primarily on Piagetian Constructivism and how it views knowledge and understanding. Today’s podcast will dig deeper into these ideas. Continue Reading