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Topic: Pseudoteaching
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Richard Strausz

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Re: Pseudoteaching
Posted: Apr 19, 2011 9:35 AM
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Jonathan, there is a newer example from Meyer where he shows some math uses/misuses from Jon Stewart's Daily Show. Once again, as good as Meyer's post is, be sure to read the comments afterwards.


> On 4/18/2011 at 2:13 pm, Richard Strausz wrote:

> > (Still another post from Dan Meyer. The original
> post
> > and the comments were interesting to read.)
> >
> > When teaching areas of circles and the relationship
> > between length and area, I am looking forward to

> this
> > as a kick-off:
> >
> >
> > Richard

> Richard,
> This post reminds me of Jonathan Crabtree's post on
> here a few
> months ago about how students have different
> intuitions on what
> a square twice as big means.
> Dan Meyer's post is a good example of a common trick
> that many
> use to exaggerate data. Like many people, I
> generally perceive
> the ratio of areas immediately as a way to judge
> their relative
> sizes rather than the ratios of dimensions. I take
> it that using
> ratios of areas rather than just dimensions is quite
> common;
> otherwise, why would this trick for trying to
> exaggerate relative
> sizes of numbers be as common as it is?
> Helping students learn about such tricks is a good
> lesson for
> them.
> Jonathan Groves

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