ZPC Podcast

Episode 64 | MoMath: Playing the Symphony that is Mathematics with Cindy Lawrence

Recently Chris Brownell visited the National Museum of Mathematics and had the opportunity to meet its Director, Cindy Lawrence. They discuss the mission of the museum and how it is carried out in the exhibits they share with the world. Cindy likens the mathematics on display at the museum to a symphony, where the mathematics… Continue Reading

Episode 63 | The Connectedness of Mathematics with Rachel Horsman

In England at Cambridge there is a project underway that seeks to map and model the connected nature of school mathematics. Working on this project is a small but highly motivated team of researchers, teachers, mathematicians, and web-designers. Rachel Horsman is among these, she and Chris had an opportunity recently to sit down and discuss… Continue Reading

Episode 59 | Math Coach? What’s that?

Chris is joined via Skype by three highly successful and well supported “Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSA).” They chat about how these three women entered into this role, and what their days/lives are like. The passion for good teaching, and the joy of working together as a team are evident in their conversational tone and… Continue Reading

Episode 55 | Dr. Richard Thiessen on Constructivism’s Beginnings

Dr. Thiessen joins Chris in the studio they talk more about the Biological underpinnings of the theory. Both Jean Piaget, and Humberto Maturana come at the ideas within Constructivism after earning doctoral degrees in biology. We talk about some connections to neuro and cognitive sciences, finally ending with some allusions to an evocative object Richard… Continue Reading