UPDATE: The Mathematician List is now an awesome table. Check it out and thank John Stevens and Jedidiah Butler. I’ll continue to update and improve it.
Here is the presentation from NCTM Regionals in Chicago
What is the Mathematicians Project?
The Short Version:
- We as math teachers tend to only talk about white male mathematicians.
- Most of my students don’t look like that, and thus, they have few mathematical role models they can identify with.
- Take 10-15 minutes a week to research (read Wikipedia, that’s all you need) a not-old-dead-white-dude mathematician, and then take 5 minutes in class to tell your students about them. Include a picture. It’s worth it, I swear.
My musing, a blogpost, and an Invisibilia episode have lead me to think seriously about the importance of how I welcome students and families.
A couple weeks ago, I posted this on twitter:
I had been thinking about a student of mine. A previous teacher had mentioned that his questions were “interesting”, which lead him to stop asking questions. I’m sure the teacher meant well by the comment, but it made our student think that he was asking the wrong questions. So he stopped.
I wonder how many times I have done that.
Here we go, Post #3. I will likely end up going months without posting things at some point, but this one matters, and since I’ve started a blog, I would be disappointed in myself for not expressing this as soon as I can. Continue reading