Preliminary applications for the 2013 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching are due Friday, May 10th.
The Rosenthal Prize, presented by the Museum of Mathematics, is designed to celebrate and promote the development and sharing of creative, engaging, replicable math lessons. The author of the winning activity receives $25,000, and the lesson will be freely shared with teachers around the world by the Museum of Mathematics.
Although May 10th is fast approaching, this first deadline is just a preliminary one. If the application process is anything like last year’s, all that is required at this early stage are a few short essays about teaching philosophy and the overviews of the lessons you intend to submit in the fall. If an applicant passes through the preliminary stage, a more comprehensive application portfolio will likely be due in the fall of 2013. Again, this assumes the process is similar to last year’s.
If you’ve got some fun, engaging, and replicable math lessons to share with the world, consider applying for the Rosenthal Prize! More information can be found here.
I am proud to be featured in the Roots of Unity blog at Scientific American.
Evelyn Lamb’s piece, “Award Winning Teachers Put Math on Hands and Heads“, reports on the inaugural Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching, presented by the Museum of Mathematics.
As runner-up for the Rosenthal Prize, I was interviewed for the piece, and had a chance to talk about my teaching philosophy, my award-winning lesson, and the value of hands-on, collaborative activities in mathematics class. In summarizing my approach to teaching mathematics, I said
“I want the classroom to be a place where we explore ideas together, where students can play around, experiment, collaborate, argue, create, and reflect on everything.”
The purpose of the Rosenthal Prize is to encourage and promote innovative, replicable math activities that engage and excite students. I’m honored to be a part of this endeavor, and I look forward to more fun and creative math lessons being shared in the future.
My latest contribution to the New York Times Learning Network is the lesson “How Is Math Beautiful? Exploring by Creating“.
This lesson is inspired by the new Museum of Mathematics. After reading about the mission of the Museum and some of its exhibits, students are challenged to create their own exhibit of mathematics. The goal is for students to explore, capture, and communicate the beauty of mathematics.
Some suggestions for exhibits are tilings of the plane, mathematical photography, and different kinds of mathematical sculpture. What are some other suggestions that would excite students about sharing the beauty of mathematics?
I am proud and excited to be hosting TEDxNYED 2013!
The theme of this year’s conference is Inside-Outside: a discussion about education from both inside and outside schools and classrooms. The event will be held on Saturday, April 27th, at Brooklyn Technical High School
You can see the speaker list here. It is an inspiring group of people representing many different views on education, technology, and activism.
Last year I spoke at TEDxNYED on bringing creativity into the math classroom, and it is a great honor to be hosting the event this year, especially since it will be held at Brooklyn Tech! If you are interested in attending, you can purchase tickets here.
An amazing discussion emerged the last time a purported trigonometric graph appeared on a NY state Regents exam. So I was very excited to see a trig graph on a January 2013 Regents exam.
So, is this a trig function?
Maybe next time.