Games That Promote Mathematical Thinking

A few years ago, I went to a conference where I was able to listen to Keith Devlin, a noted mathematician from Stanford, talk about using technology, particularly computer games, to help students think mathematically. He made the case that the symbols we use to represent mathematics, like numerals, operation signs, etc. create a barrier… Continue Reading

The Gift of Play

“When you ask me what I did in school today and I say, ‘I just played,’ please don’t misunderstand me. For you see, I am learning as I play. I am learning to enjoy and be successful in my work. Today I am a child and my work is play.” – Anita Wadley, 1974. The… Continue Reading

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

Then and Now, From Scientific Inquiry to Three Dimensional

 I was excited to see a recent email from the National Science Teachers Association with the headline, “Congratulations New Mexico for Adopting the NGSS.” To date, 20 states, along with the District of Columbia, have officially adopted the Next Generation Science Standards. As an educator who holds science close to my heart, it is very… 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