Mathematical Revolutions with @JoBoaler and @ProfKeithDevlin

Mathematics is everywhere, and it’s truly beautiful. Yet, “school” tends to approach mathematics instruction from an imbalanced procedural, algorithmic and computational angle.

Thankfully a number of educators are trying to revolutionize the ways that mathematics is typically taught in school. Two of these incredible revolutionaries are at Stanford University – Dr. Jo Boaler (@JoBoaler) and Dr. Keith Devlin (@profkeithdevlin).

For the past two months, I have learned mightily from participating in a MOOC with Dr. Boaler – EDU115N “How to Learn Math.” And just this morning, I listened to a podcast of Krista Tippett interviewing Dr. Devlin. When I returned from my morning walk with Lucy, I had an email from Dr. Boaler announcing her new non-profit for revolutionizing mathematics teaching and learning – YouCubed.

Of course, I wanted to share these strands and do my part for mathematical evangelism.

Mathematical equations are like sonnets says Keith Devlin. What most of us learn in school, he says, doesn’t begin to convey what mathematics is. And technology may free more of us to discover the wonder of mathematical thinking — as a reflection of the inner world of our minds. – See more at: On Being

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Edu-morphology?

I wonder why we don’t have schools, departments, and/or MOOCs for “edumorphology.”

I mean, we have schools, departments, and MOOCs for geomorphology.

Recently, I was listening to “Reading the Rocks,” a long-form radio interview on the program On Being with Krista Tippett. Krista was talking with David Montgomery (“David Montgomery is Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he leads the Geomorphological Research Group. He’s the author of The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood and Dirt.” – from the On Being program site)

Maybe if we had Edumorphological Research Group(s), we’d understand better and build more wisdom around school transformation.

What if…

#NewVenturesToBuild

Being aware of the water… as a fish. #Awareness #Education #Mindfulness

To be aware. And from that awareness to choose how we respond. In the nine-minute video below, David Foster Wallace convicted me that such lives at the heart of education. (H/T to my wife for sharing this incredible piece with me.)

THIS IS WATER – By David Foster Wallace

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Also related:

  • Fundamental Attribution Error, which I learned about in college psychology courses but didn’t really dig into until I read and re-read and studied Switch, by the Heath Brothers
  • Krista Tippett’s December 2012 interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn about the science of mindfulness – “Opening to Our Lives”