I ran across this post today at The Educators Room, titled It Starts at Home: How Parents Can Help Their High School Students in Advanced Mathematics. I like essay overall — it speaks to parents who may not have been comfortable with math when they were in school, and gives them some ideas about how … Continue reading

# Category Archives: Math Difficulty

# Math is jarring

I ran across this video yesterday, by a math major, taking about other people’s reactions to learning that she is a math major. I particularly like the analogy around 1:15 where she is talking about the jarring nature of switching from ordinary conversation to math. She likens it to being asked mid-conversation to compose a … Continue reading

# Being stuck

It’s been a long time since I made a post, so today I a dipping my toe back in the water. This isn’t supposed to be a good post, just a post. My problem is that I’ve been stuck for a couple of months now. There are lots of reasons that I have been stuck. … Continue reading

# Liberation Math: Call to Action

There are problems with math education, and there is no lack of suggestions for how to change things for the better. Some of those suggestions have great potential, but the solutions come from the people who have made their careers in mathematics and math education — from people who love math. We need a different … Continue reading

# Showing Work in Mathematics

Last week, Karen Young stopped by this blog and made a comment that led to a great discussion that has taught me a lot, so I decided to pull it out and capture it in this post. First, she said in the first comment on this post: As a kid I could do math in … Continue reading

# Join Us for Liberation Math (it’s a class and a community!)

Liberation Math, the course, starts next week. We’re going to be doing a wide variety of readings and critical reflection about mathematics education, and we would love to engage and interact with you (yes, you). You can see my outline for the class here — everything is in flux and the participants will have a big influence … Continue reading

# Shame and Mathematics Presentation at Joint Math Meetings

The Prezi below was given at the Joint Math Meetings. It reviews the concept of shame, explores how it impacts mathematics teaching and learning, and discusses what we can do about it. You can also view this prezi at prezi.com. Please get in touch if you like it, hate it, or just want to talk … Continue reading