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From: Cindy Lee Duckert (duckert@focol.org)
Date: Tue Aug 12 2003 - 18:35:18 EDT

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  • At 05:54 AM 8/10/2003, you wrote:
    >I am mid-way through the Private Universe Project in Mathematics and have
    >been keeping an eye on this page hoping to see some activity. If you are
    >also doing the workshop this summer and would like to share some of your
    >ideas please follow up.

    Hello Patrick,

    I did this one in the spring and loved it. If you want to bounce some
    ideas, I'd love to hear about them. I am a little fuzzy now about just
    what was in each week.

    I loved watching the same group progress from year to year.

    The language the facilitators used seemed to me a significant, but under
    appreciated part of the process. The students picked up on this language
    and used it in subsequent years. - for instance, early on there was more a
    "show me what you found" which progressed as they matured to "convince me."

    Something else I was keen to capitalize upon was the use of notations for
    various concepts. I thought I would prefer to discuss this with my
    learners in a direct way - that many refer to math as alanguage and that
    they have been speaking it. Their use of symbols as an individual math
    notation. Mayber some math history could be introduced as well. One or
    more of Caltech's Project Mathematica videos has a nice section on math
    history (is it a video devoted to history or the Pythagorean theorem, I
    can't remember) - that would a way to show how the same thing is thought of
    again and again in different circumstances. That is a powerful idea, I
    think. Not all of us can reinvent all of learning, but the idea that we
    can re-extract ideas from the world around us is often overlooked in
    conventional classrooms.

    ---
    Cindy Lee Duckert, duckert@focol.org
    

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