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Samuel Cook
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Attended Stony Brook University
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Had a fun day downtown yesterday!
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First beautiful day of the year in NH!
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On a small airplane headed to New Orleans.
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This was back in May, I guess I should have made that clear.
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Today I told my senior seminar that the existence of learning styles lacks empirical evidence and likely do not exist.   These future elementary school teachers looked like they were about to riot.
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Thank you! The fewer future teachers that buy into this myth, the better. There are far better things they can focus on to facilitate learning.
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Dear Math Ed People,

I am running our department's Senior Math Seminar next semester.  The class has a theme (I have picked the mathematics of games) and is broken up into 2 parts, the first is a content part (the games part)  and the 2nd is a research review component where the students will read up on a topic they are interested in and complete a small lit review.   Before doing this though I would like to assign a few articles to get them started and show them how to read them and report on them.

So my question, in a class that is about 70% future K-5 teachers, what articles would you recommend.    I know plenty of stat-ed articles (including a really great K-5 one on the mean) and plenty of RUME type things, but want some more important K-5 math stuff.   I do not know a lot, so anything (even if you think it is obvious) would be helpful.

Also, is there a book you might recommend?  

Thanks in advance!
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Hi Sam, Elementary Math is not my field either, but here is a link to the site of the math consultant (Mahesh Sharma) who works in our district.  He has a bunch of resources listed.  I'm guessing they are good, but haven't seen them for myself.  With the exception of the numberless playing cards.  Those are cool :) http://www.mathematicsforall.org/Mathematics-Teacher-Training-Videos-Framingham-MA.html
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Does anybody use an open source text for single variable Calculus?  To elaborate, I am teaching to future elementary school teachers, and it will be inquiry based with a lot of activities that I have developed.   So, I want a text that is free for the students, if it came with activities or was activity driven that would be ideal, but I do not expect to find the idea.  Basically, I would like to select something that comes with a recommendation to be used as an aid.
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Thank you.
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This is the oldest known bit of Euclid's Elements.  It was found around 1897 in a garbage dump in the ancient Egyptian town of Oxyrhynchus, along with 400,000 other fragments of papyrus.  It goes back to sometime before 125 AD, and it states a geometrical fact that can translated into modern algebra as:

ab  +  (a-b)^2 / 4 = (a+b)^2 / 4

Thanks to this dump they've pieced together new fragments of plays by Euripides, Sophocles and Menander, lost lines from the poets Sappho, Hesiod, and Archilocus, and most of a book by Hesiod!

The photograph here is by Bill Casselman.  For more, read this:

http://www.math.ubc.ca/~cass/Euclid/papyrus/

and check out Oxyrhyncus online:

http://www.papyrology.ox.ac.uk/POxy/

They're using 'multispectral imaging' to help read severely damaged old pieces of papyrus!  I love it when people use the latest technology to dig deep into the past.

#ScienceSunday  
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Math people, do any of you have a photo (hopefully something used on a website or something where the people in it are ok with it being used) of an undergraduate math class doing some group work (bonus if the instructor is pictured too)??    I have a student doing a presentation on inquiry oriented teaching/learning in undergrad math courses and would like to use a picture of this sort of class setting, but does not want to use me or my colleagues doing it.   Photo will be credited of course.
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Thank you everybody, I am headed to bed but will email Stan tomorrow.
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A friend of mine posted a response to the BASP ban on p-values that I think sums up exactly how I feel.  

http://allendowney.blogspot.com/2015/03/statistical-inference-is-only-mostly.html
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The easy analogy is an example all intro stat classes use about mean and median. If you are only using one measure, use the median; however, if you use many measures the mean is way more helpful. So in this case the pvalue is like the mean, completely alone it has very little use and effect size is better, but used as part of other evidence it can br very powerful.
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Happy early pi day.
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I have one of those. Apparently they are selling very well.
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So, this showed up in our department mailbox. Super weird. But, if there are any scientists who can help this guy, go for it. His ideas are beyond my scientific knowledge. (btw, there is more, I just photographed part of it.
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  • Wheelock College
    Assistant Professor, 2011 - present
  • University of New Hampshire
    Lecturer, 2009 - 2001
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Mathamagician.
Introduction
I am a statistician who lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I am originality from Texas/Mexico border, passionately follow the Houston professional sports teams and am even more passionate about education and social justice.

To sum it up, I like Math, Soccer, other sports, education and I do not like broccoli.
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I am married to the most wonderful woman in the world. She happens to be an Autism researcher and clinician and can hit a 3-pointer with the best of them.
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  • Stony Brook University
    Ph.D. in Applied Math and Statistics, 2003 - 2009
  • University of Texas–Pan American
    B.S. in Mathematics (minors in Sociology and Philosophy), 1999 - 2002
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