Build Math Confidence November 2019 Volume 126
Math Confidence Events
Saturday November 23
Hunter College (conference co-coordinator)
Thursday January 9 How To Make Math Count, Long Island, NY
Survey: The Biggest and Smallest Number
aka How Google Got Its Name (Math!!!)
To open the discussion on scientific notation, I s
urveyed my students with PostIts on "What is the smallest number you know?" and "What is the largest number you know?" That top number up above sure is big and is better expressed using scientific notation!
here for an online Google Form
you can share freely with your students.
This was an opportunity to share
how Google got its name
(from the word "
first coined in 1920 by a 9 year old nephew of a mathematician and represents a 1 with 100 zeros after it!!
Finally!! A book that connects Math with success principles written by
's Stanford professor Jo Boaler. This book shares evidence on the adaptability of the brain and people's ability to learn anything at any age.
The six keys are: Neuroplasticity, Loving MIstakes, Changing Your Mind, The Connected Brain, Why Speed is Out and Flexibility is In and a Limitless Approach to Collaboration. Boaler outlines positive thinking (growth mindset) throughout the book including "Instead of dismissing a challenge or beating yourself up, think 'I will take something from this situation and use it to improve."
Free online Math class for students from Boaler/Stanford
How to Learn Math for Teachers (Boaler/Stanford) $99
Mathematical Mindsets for Teachers (Boaler/Stanford) $99
Why Do We Learn Math?
Some great student responses on Why Do We Learn Math? (My favorite? To improve our critical thinking and problem solving!). What's yours? Post your answer here:
Favorite Student Response
The Kakuro puzzle above asks the solver to fill in digits
Answer to October's Brain Puzzler: 37
for the solution to October's
Thanks, Robin the Math Lady Schwartz