Mathematical discussions are a vital part of my daily work as a research mathematician. It's true that when you walk around the building in which I work, people are often sitting in deep thought behind closed doors. But, when needed—which can be often—these same people also participate in animated mathematical conversations with each other: to help untangle … Continue reading Debating maths: Chris Luzniak’s new book
This blogpost is an exact reproduction of an essay I wrote and submitted in October 2018 as a requirement of the course 'Aboriginal Futures', an elective I took as part of the Master of Teaching at the University of South Australia. The course aims to 'explore Aboriginal Futures in contemporary Australian society' and to provide … Continue reading Australian mathematics education and Indigenous peoples [an essay]
This blog post describes how I curate and consume my education reading list. It’s a response to Ollie Lovell’s (@ollie_lovell) blog post with the same questions (and title!). We hope that others in the Edu-Twitter/blogging community will also write posts that respond to the same six questions. The greater the diversity of responses, the more … Continue reading Managing overwhelm: How do you curate and consume your educational reading list?
'If maths was an animal it would be a _______ because _______ ' Responses from my #math1070 students: A koala because maths is interesting and unique. A spider because of the pattern organisation of their web. A cat because it has lots of layers. An ant because lots of small parts make up a big part. … Continue reading If maths was an animal …
Last week I travelled to Cleveland, Ohio for Twitter Math(s) Camp. If you've just raised an eyebrow (Twitter? Math? Camp?), let me explain. There is a global community of maths educators1 who communicate via Twitter and blogs and so use the nickname Math Twitter Blogosphere (#MTBoS). Since 2012, the community has organised an annual four-day conference, … Continue reading #TMC18: tweet at me now
School maths I have always loved maths, but the reasons why have changed dramatically over time. This is my Year 1 work. It reminds me about what I thought it meant to be good at maths: lots of ticks on neat work, especially if it was done quickly. This attitude was reinforced by my report … Continue reading My maths autobiography
It was a delight to recently spend five days working with students and teachers in Alice Springs at the invitation of MTANT, the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Northern Territory. I then spent a week in bed with the flu, which is one reason I've recently lost my voice (both physically and online). The main purpose of the visit was to join … Continue reading Counting in unexpected ways