Archive for January 2008

Mathematics Journals & Portfolios

January 23, 2008

Safety in numbersSo, aside from bad jokes, what can you expect in Mathematics this year? Mathematics is more than the study of formulas and figures; it is the study of reasoning and logic. We will be learning about many areas of study (Maths Course Outline 2008), but more importantly we will be working on our understand of how what we study makes sense to you.

To do this, each student will be required to write a journal or portfolio of their progress in Mathematics. I’ll  be looking at your journal regularly to help me to help you improve your understanding of what we are studying. Before you start to worry about how much “extra” work this is going to be, think about what you learned in Xplore about project work and planning – doing this will actually make the work that you do more effective and help you spend your study time efficiently.

See you in class.

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Beginnings

January 22, 2008

It is often said that everything begins somewhere. As I am (amongst other things) a teacher of Mathematics, my first thought is: “What about Möbius Strips?”

Mobius Strip

A Möbius strip doesn’t have a defined beginning – or an end either. In this way, it is much like education – which does not begin, nor end at any point. We learn throughout our entire lives, and my role in this classroom this year (2008) is to be part of your ongoing education.

This year, I want to go beyond the content of the various classes I teach, and venture more into the development of personal insight. This doesn’t mean I won’t be pushing you to master the curriculum, but that I want you to be aware of your own knowledge – of what you know, and what you don’t know. To verge into the Zen, I want you to know what it is that you don’t know. Only then will you be able to grow your own potential to its uttermost.

 I will put regular posts on this blog discussing what we have done in class and what we will be doing, and linking to interesting resources and things to do. I want all my students and their families to post comments (which will be moderated), to take part in this educational journey.

 Welcome, and enjoy the scenery!