Media Literacy Week Panel

Tomorrow I’ll be on a panel discussing quantitative literacy as part of Media Literacy Week. The focus will be data and science misinformation, and the panel discussion will run as part of the National Science Teachers Association’s Teacher Tip Tuesdays series.

This is a joint project of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Education Development Center (EDC), and the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). Registration is free, and you can find out more here.

UPDATE: You can find the full video of the webinar here.

NPR — Teaching Math Using the Coronavirus

I make a brief appearance in this NPR story about teaching using the coronavirus. In “Teacher Uses Coronavirus for Math Lessons”, reporter Emily Files profiles a teacher in Wisconsin who is using the coronavirus epidemic to get his middle school math students thinking about data and rates of change. Files interviewed me a about the lesson I wrote for the New York Times Learning Network on “Dangerous Numbers” (available here).

STEM Up Your Classroom — Free Webinar

On January 24th I will be participating in a free webinar titled “How to STEM Up Your Classroom” with the NSTA/NCTM National STEM Teacher Ambassadors.

The webinar will feature a number of different perspectives on STEM in the classroom. The teacher ambassadors hail from different states and territories across the country, and work in a variety of settings: high school, K-6, administration, district intervention, policy, and more.

It’s a wonderful group of dedicated teachers with a wealth of expertise to share, and it should be a fun 90 minutes. You can learn more about the free webinar, and register, here.

UPDATE: The full video of the webinar can be found here.

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Forbes Feature

Following up on my appearance on the My Favorite Theorem podcast, co-host Kevin Knudson has an article in Forbes about Varignon’s Theorem, the topic of my episode. Kevin recaps some of the ideas we discussed, including my favorite proof of my favorite theorem.

You can read the article here, and catch the full podcast episode on Kevin’s website.

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AMS Feature

My latest column for Quanta Magazine, on vaccinations and the mathematics of herd immunity, was the subject of a recent feature on the American Mathematical Society’s website. I also answer a few questions, including one about the challenges of communicating mathematics to those who may be reluctant to listen.

“I’d say the more we can get people to tap into their inner mathematicians and inner scientists, the better. As a teacher, I’m always trying to get students to engage actively with mathematical ideas, and not just simply consume mathematical results. In some ways, I think this applies to communication and outreach, too”

You can read the full piece here.

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