Thoughts from a reflective educator.
You may remember Paul Lockhart as the author of a Mathematician's Lament. I'm currently reading his newest book, Measurement. I'm halfway through it and reading it every chance I get. Here's my favourite quote from the book so far:
"All of the events -- past, present, and future -- of our whole ridiculous universe are writ on this one four-dimensional canvas, and we are but the tiniest brush strokes." Paul Lockhart
Of course, what Paul says is true. Here's a great mathematical investigation: Given a football sized canvas, how large a brush stroke would all of the aggregate movement of the human species require, assuming the canvas represents the entire universe.
If you are a math teacher, or just want to understand what people find fascinating about mathematics, I recommend reading Paul's book.
David is a mathematics teacher and a learning specialist for technology at Stratford Hall in Vancouver, BC. He has been teaching since 2002, and has worked in Brooklyn, London, and Bangkok before moving back to Canada. He has his Masters degree in Educational Technology from UBC, and is the co-author of a mathematics textbook. He has been published in ISTE's Leading and Learning, Educational Technology Solutions, The Software Developers Journal, The Bangkok Post and Edutopia. He blogs with the Cooperative Catalyst, and is the Assessment group facilitator for Edutopia. He has also helped organize the first Edcamp in Canada, and TEDxKIDS@BC.