Making Mathematics Meaningful
Monday, July 9
We discussed the open-ended nature of our task during these three weeks in Park City.
Articles that were read previous to our arrival here in Park City include: Subversive Teaching and A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper (Paulos). Discussion about these articles brought us to a hypothetical conjecture that a hypothetical student presented. It is as follows: "The bigger the perimeter of a closed figure, the bigger the area." We all wrote down our own possible responses to this student and his/her conjecture, some of which included:
We discussed our individual responses.
We then shared our own perspectives on how useful we felt our time together today really was and whether or not we thought we were headed in the right direction. Some of us shared that we really enjoyed the discussion about the ³theory² behind teaching and others felt they needed something more concrete to come away with at the end of our Institute. This brought us to a decision to discuss two possible branches to pursue in our time together tomorrow:
Michelle Thews volunteered to be our Program Committee Representative.
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0314808.