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Contrived versus genuine mathematical problems

Posted by: Gary Ernest Davis on: April 15, 2011

It might come as a surprise to some people, but kids are not stupid. So what’s a little kid to make of the following question: “Bobby has a dog with 8 spots. Jennifer has a dog with 3 fewer spots than Bobby’s dog. How many spots does Jennifer’s dog have?” What’s a kid to think? […]

Thinking quantitatively to solve problems: Conrad Wolfram

Posted by: Gary Ernest Davis on: November 21, 2010

A lovely TED talk by Conrad Wolfram on what mathematics teaching and learning should be about in a digital era: