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Chapter 2 – Option 3 (Action)

01/24/2020 9:17 PM | Karen Campe

Look for some mathematical objects, books, videos, or experiences applicable to your grade level that might exemplify what mathematicians do (from the resources Tracy lists in the book or others you have sourced).  Tell us what you found.


  • 02/04/2020 6:02 PM | Becky Lyman
    On mathmunch.com I found a clip from the movie Hidden Figures. (which a lot of my kids just happen to be reading now for ELA class) The clip shows Debra as a little girl naming the different types of triangles she sees in a stained glass window. My kids are already excited by this book so this clip and the article that goes with it could be a great way for them to see math all around them even more clearly. I think it also helps solidify the fact that ANYONE can do math regardless of what people around them say....
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    • 02/07/2020 3:54 PM | Karen Campe
      Great resource, Becky! Can you share a link?
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  • 02/07/2020 3:54 PM | Karen Campe
    In addition to Vi Hart’s videos that Tracy mentions in the book, https://www.youtube.com/user/Vihart, I also have found these video series useful:
    Numberphile: https://www.numberphile.com/
    3Blue1Brown: https://www.3blue1brown.com/
    Hannah Fry: current release: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q4DrUHKC0Q plus her many other resources found at her website: http://www.hannahfry.co.uk/ .

    I play around with origami myself from time to time, and there are many resources. One of my friends on Twitter, Paula Beardell Krieg, works with elementary students, bringing in paperfolding projects for combined math/art lessons. Her website is https://bookzoompa.wordpress.com/

    I also LOVE math-related picture books, and have a large collection myself. Tracy has selected some that illustrate what mathematicians DO, rather than ones that illustrate particular math concepts. I will gather some titles along those lines and report back when I can!

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  • 02/15/2020 7:46 AM | Shelly Jones - elementary teacher educator
    First, I'd just like to say that I LOVE this whole conversation with children about their understanding of what is math. It is very telling that most think of math as doing something rather than understanding the world around them that is full of math at every turn. Seeing what mathematicians do was even more exciting. Going through the initial awkwardness is worth it. Even though students were at first uneasy with exploring (without a predetermined answer) they became more at ease (I'm sure) with each occurrence of open-ended exploration. I hope to think more about resources for showing how mathematicians "do math" but in the mean time I can share my book with you as a resource to show students a diverse pool of mathematicians. Someone mentioned Hidden Figures and my book is a nice extension of the stories of the women featured in H.F. The title is, Women Who Count: Honoring African American Women Mathematicians. Some of the bios tell about how the women use math in their careers and the careers are diverse. https://bookstore.ams.org/mbk-124/
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