# Too quiet

It's been quiet around here. A little too quiet. The first half of this year was a bit crazy. I tried to juggle increased travel and talks with teaching, research and student supervision. It was not always successful. I didn't quite realise how crazy it felt until I stopped. A week of quietness has helped replenish some rather depleted batteries! But teaching restarts next … Continue reading Too quiet

# Wrapping up the #MTBoS30 challenge

It just occurred to me that if you don't follow me on Twitter (shame on you!), you might wonder why the steady stream of blog posts has slowed. Since joining the MathTwitterBlogosphere, I'd been wondering what I could add to a community that I was currently only taking from — their thoughts, activities and enthusiasm.  A few people … Continue reading Wrapping up the #MTBoS30 challenge

# Better student talks

Having a mathematical idea is only one part of the equation (excuse the pun!); we also need to be able to communicate it. A good example is Fermat writing next to his conjecture that he (purportedly) had a proof that the margin was too small to contain. If Fermat really did have a proof, then he could have saved mathematicians 350 … Continue reading Better student talks

# Tracy Zager’s word clouds

Over the past year I have held this image in my head as a reminder and a motivation. It comes from Tracy Zager's 2015 NCTM ShadowCon talk 'Breaking the Cycle', which is mandatory viewing. (If you have limited time, stop reading this post and go watch Tracy's talk instead.) At the same time that Tracy was giving her talk … Continue reading Tracy Zager’s word clouds

# My motivating images

This morning I read Sara Van Der Werf's post, 'The Story of 2 Words & One Simple Tweak to Get All Students Talking'. Her post is great, and you should definitely check it out, but what prompted me to write this post was the photo I've included below. Sara has it pinned up near her desk. If I walked in … Continue reading My motivating images

# Falling down the mountain

I first saw snow when I was 21, which is not surprising given that I grew up in rural South Australia and hardly needed to venture far from home. I finally learned to ski three years ago on the Australian ice-fields1 at the decidedly un-bouncy age of 33, starting on imperceptible slopes that were stymied by a … Continue reading Falling down the mountain

# ‘Train-food’ (The ten hundred word challenge)

Good science communication is hard. This handy guide from SMBC Comics helps distinguish the good from the bad. Jargon (that is, specialised or technical language) is a common problem in poor science communication. Randall Munroe, of xkcd and what if?, took the idea of cutting out jargon to the extreme. (If you haven't checked out either xkcd and what if?, go do … Continue reading ‘Train-food’ (The ten hundred word challenge)