At the SVMI institute, Sally Keyes led a workshop on the use of **Math talks in the classroom**. Some purposes of math talks are to present multiple ways of solving mathematical problems and to develop students' ability to discuss mathematics. This helps students learn other strategies they can use, look for patterns between the different strategies, and learn how to communicate mathematics with each other.

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It seems that a new habit has formed in our society, at least among people in our society who are net-savvy. Whenever anyone, anywhere, has a problem, the first way they almost always search for a solution is with an Internet search engine.

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A question which is always on the back of my mind every time I attend a conference, give a presentation, or work with my colleagues, is how much are we all learning?

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These are my slides from my workshop at Twitter Math Camp on **Powerful Ideas in Math via Programming**.

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Mathematics is not medium neutral. What we call the mathematics that we can do with pencil and paper is different than what we can do with a computer and call mathematics, which is different again than the mathematics we can do with origami. The medium defines the mathematical space, in the same way that Marshall McLuhan talks about the medium being the message.

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Adam Holman asks **a really important question**:

What have you found to be the catalyst that helped either change your mindset/practice or helped change a ‘traditional’ teacher into one that cultivates relationships and student choice?

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One of the teachers I work with used Angry Birds as a context for learning about quadratic functions. Whenever they wanted to introduce a new topic, they referred back to the context of Angry Birds so as to give students a representation of quadratics with which the students may be familiar.

Let's see what that could look like. Here's one angry bird shot.

Here's the data from the shot above inputted into Geogebra.

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There are six things (at least!) about mathematics education which do not work:

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