Drexel dragonThe Math ForumDonate to the Math Forum



Search All of the Math Forum:

Views expressed in these public forums are not endorsed by Drexel University or The Math Forum.


Math Forum » Discussions » Education » math-teach

Topic: regarding infinity
Replies: 4   Last Post: Apr 20, 1995 10:30 PM

Advanced Search

Back to Topic List Back to Topic List Jump to Tree View Jump to Tree View   Messages: [ Previous | Next ]
Jill A. Dumesnil

Posts: 2
Registered: 12/6/04
Re: regarding infinity
Posted: Apr 20, 1995 2:07 PM
  Click to see the message monospaced in plain text Plain Text   Click to reply to this topic Reply

I'd like to repsond to Cathy Brady's "I sure hope that person tells
us what he/she DID," provided I am "that person."


The program with which I am involved is a long-standing annual
campus-wide event designed for fifth graders. It's called Fabulous
Friday and takes place on a friday in April. Approximately 25
university departments participate in day-long enrichment activities.


This year the math department will be working with 15 students.
Various faculty members will be conducting activities on a variety of
topics including nomographs, Napier's bones, tessellations, computing
with base-two logarithms, the Mobius band, infinity, and computer
games and demos on our NeXT system.


Perhaps a few clarifying points should be made. First, the students
choose the department in which they'd like to spend the day. We are
not going into fifth-grade classrooms and "forcing" advanced topics
on children. The students are generally very inquisitive and
interested in math topics different from those they see on a daily
basis. Second, the idea is not to "tell them all about" anything.
The activities are designed to be interesting, accessible, open-ended
and about mathematics. By the way, although we are university
mathematics faculty, no one is likely to "botch" the teaching job.
Finally, I appreciate the extremely helpful responses to my question
concerning the types of activities this age group finds stimulating
and fun. I am conducting the session on infinity and will be happy
to post a report on what I did and how it went next week.

Jill

---
Jill A. Dumesnil

Stephen F. Austin State Univ.

Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics

Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3040
dumesnil@math.sfasu.edu







Point your RSS reader here for a feed of the latest messages in this topic.

[Privacy Policy] [Terms of Use]

© Drexel University 1994-2014. All Rights Reserved.
The Math Forum is a research and educational enterprise of the Drexel University School of Education.