Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fermat's Last Theorem (1996)

I ask kids What is maths good for? or Name an important mathematician, and they really don't know, don't understand. I reckon that the history of maths should be a component of all mathematics classes, from the start. You can't get maths if you don't know its history, its beauty, its humanity.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Is this scary?

The New York Times has assembled an extensive database of New York education statistics that will help readers put the vast sea of information about schools into better context.

Just start typing in a name and see what you get. I went to J.H.S. 218 James P Sinnott.

The comments are also interesting...

Isn't it funny how we don't question the numbers? If it says 77% then we think it is accurate, with no questions about what the test was, who designed the test, what the test conditions were, or even if you can test what it is they set out to test.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Maths anyone?

In teaching maths to kids we tend to forget the big ideas behind the numbers. Here is a reminder...


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Book Whisperer

Want to re-think your reading programme?
The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

History of the World in 100 Objects

Neil MacGregor tells the story of two million years of human development through a hundred objects in the British Museum. Beginning with the first that make us human.