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Avoiding the low road in learning mathematics

Posted by: Gary Ernest Davis on: April 9, 2011

I wrote recently about cognitive theft in mathematics, an act that teachers – including parents – often carry out that short circuits a student’s possibility of working through a problem themselves. x There’s another side to cognitive theft – an act of omission – in which students themselves often engage. Students often take away their […]

Why multiply binomials?

Posted by: Gary Ernest Davis on: January 5, 2010

This is a joint post of Gary Davis & Glenn Kenyon The issue Glenn recently tweeted: ¬†Google Search on “Why multiply binomials” yields site on HOW, not WHY. Anyone out there know a reason why that 8th graders can relate to? Searching the Web for a reason why anyone would be even vaguely interested in […]