- I have a billion dollar business idea: make a modest amount of money running an online math enrichment school for elementary students, one that veers sharply away from arithmetic, fractions and algebra. Then use all earnings to buy crypto and create generational wealth. On twitter some people told me that easing off the arithmetic pedal is a lost cause, this wouldn’t make it easier for knowledgeable students to rejoin their classmates at some later date. Well, I don’t know. I think those folks might be underestimating the value of novelty for student happiness. I think kids are sometimes happy with a slow pace as long as the material is new. But I don’t know, I don’t really know.
- A few weeks ago on a Saturday night I spoke to Ollie Lovell for a lot of hours about worked examples. Now, you can listen to that conversation yourself! It’s here!
- We’re doing exponential equations in my Algebra 1 class, and I can’t help talk about carrying capacity and logistic growth. Read this comic about St Matthew’s Island, try this awesome Desmos activity about Starbucks’ growth, read a blog post I wrote about discrete vs. continuous logistic growth, and then watch Veritasium on the logistic equation.
- I liked this piece from Daniel Willingham and David Daniel about how to improve research so that it’s more relevant for teachers. It could have been improved by engagement with the “why don’t teachers care about this” literature. For a while I was into this, and collected a list of books on this subject here. A takeaway? Practitioners aren’t looking for answers to questions, we’re looking for stuff to use and talk about.
- The Julia Robinson Math Festival is a remarkable source for mathematical activities and they have a lot of really cool digital apps to go along with them.
- This book about Wilson Pickett seems very interesting, I’ve requested it from the library.
- A librarian at school handed me this YA book, I really liked it: Catfishing on Catnet
- No good new music for me this week, send your recommendations.
With each passing week this ridiculous school year comes closer to completion. There is joy in teaching, but there is definitely also joy in keeping an eye on the countdown clock.