Workshop — It’s All Linear Algebra
Tonight I’ll be running my workshop “It’s All Linear Algebra” for teachers at Math for America.
This workshop is designed to show teachers how the big ideas of linear algebra — linear combinations, vectors, systems, dependence — are present in all the courses in the middle school and high school curriculum. Making these connections can help enrich the teaching of these topics in earlier courses, create threads that connect ideas throughout the sequence, and preview what lies ahead in more advanced courses.
This workshop is based on my experience teaching linear algebra in high schools for the past 10 years. After a short break I’m teaching it again this year, and I’m having a blast revisiting the ideas with a fresh perspective.
Today in Linear Algebra two students were trying to show a pair of vectors were linearly dependent. One said “Maybe we can twist them and do the Gaussian thing”, which made me think I might have actually properly taught and contextualized row reduction for the first time ever.— Patrick Honner (@MrHonner) October 5, 2021
I’ve been learning a lot this year and I’m excited to share my experiences, and some great math, with teachers in this workshop.