Ideas For Math Educators
I have been involved in education in some form since I was six years old. I strongly value education and enjoy few things as much as learning something new.
One of my main goals for this site is to help educators with math education.
I know as well as anyone that it is very difficult to get students excited about math while teaching the mechanics of algebra or calculus problems. Furthermore, there is often not enough time in class to answer the inevitable, "When am I ever going to use this stuff?", or correct the even worse, "At work I'll have a calculator/computer to do all this for me".
Each podcast is intended to shed some insight into mathematics without boring everyone to sleep. I'm not trying to get people to learn how to do problems, but more importantly how to think mathematically. Students who will not need much math in their careers can still benefit from critical thinking skills.
Math educators could assign or offer extra credit for a short summary of the math presented in one of the podcasts. In this way students become engaged and hopefully more interested in mathematics.
I have seen a number of students' eyes light up when it is suggested that they could incorporate the ipod/mp3 player into their homework.
Students who don't have mp3 players could listen on school computers. Teachers could also play the podcast in class. If you use this podcast for educational purposes I ask only that you spread the word about the podcast to your colleagues.