Calculus in Middle School

Calculus for Middle School? Why Not? Right at the start, I’d like to stipulate that there is a difference between explaining Calculus and teaching Calculus to students. A twelve-year-old would have to be quite precocious indeed to have mastered the skills of algebra, as well as learned about the various other functional relations, needed toContinue reading “Calculus in Middle School”

Where Are the Math Students? Part 2

April 13, 2020: Introducing the Harry Potter School of Mathematics. Intrigued by the idea of a Hogwarts Academy for algebraic wizardry? Unfortunately, not only is this a bad idea, it’s an all too common feature of current mathematical education. Math requires an interesting combination of high level abstract reasoning skills linked with basic rote learningContinue reading “Where Are the Math Students? Part 2”

Where are the math students? Part 1

May 11, 2015: I’ve been teaching mathematics for some forty years. That entitles me to make a few observations about mathematics students—at least mathematics students in the United States. Actually, this essay is based on anecdotal observations of my own northwest Ohio classrooms over the years. But! I have had a lot of students, andContinue reading “Where are the math students? Part 1”