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@simbeau But then I say that if you’re a math teacher who doesn’t understand math, you have no business teaching it. Plain and simple. That’s why I’m glad that my math teacher basically writes his own textbook

I used to be a maths major for 2 years and I can tell you, this static formulation, this rout learning based culture is exactly why I switched majors. Thinking back, I always had a sense of ‘what if’, if only the way that it was taught was more interesting. I used to talk about a new thought with my classmate and was told to shut up in class -.-

This guy needs to get out of the antiquated Public school system, and take this innovative type teaching to a charter school, or somewhere that will actually appreciate the value of this. I can see the Teachers union coming after this guy soon, fearing a district Superintendent might want other teachers to step up their “lame” lesson plans!

@simbeau I would laugh harder at your statement if it wasn’t so true with some of the math teachers I have had in the past, particularly in high school.

@knoxrox167 no, u r missing the point. he is saying that leaving realistic problem solving for college is why so many people who had YEARS of math in high school still don’t understand how to apply it to their lives.

meh, i think he is missing the point of high school math. learning to take what is taught and apply it in real life situations in realistic ways is something left for college and thus the kids that will actually need to be able to do so.

This is one of the greatest videos I’ve seen in a long time. I recently took the GRE and in countless situations I’ve found myself asking whyyy am I computing these useless equations. If only I could see the application, then I would have a *reason* to be solving them. I think applying these concepts on schools would not only make better students, but also on the long run better scientists, teachers, parents, etc…

We have enough computers, no reason to turn people into walking processors.

@47f0 Try doing hardly anything in statistics without the ability to work with infinite series and integration and differentiation. It doesn’t work so well. You can do a little bit, but you won’t really get that much.

No, the largest problem is that educators need to understand how humans develop patterns and develop cognitive skills. Most don’t, lol, sadly, so I don’t expect any high school teacher without large knowledge of that field to be able to do such. Notice that people made this guy’s ideas better. Did you even notice that he presented slides and didn’t say the quote on the slides? Very novice speech skills he has.

Good lecture, and very hopeful towards the future of maths class. Especially like the idea that modern tech can be used to make class more stimulating. At my school we were all spoilt silly- the teachers wanted us to learn how to pass the recipe-like-tests. I think without big changes in the fundamental purpose of the curriculum it is left to guys like Dan (rare) to uphold good teaching themselves.

His point that math books teach math poorly go to the notion that the standards are the curriculum in math, not the math books. Colleges and Universities must produce teachers who understand how to teach, so that kids want to learn. States and districts must require that teachers teach so that all students learn, not just the students who are ‘good’ at math.

wished I had math with you… great humor of reality, keep on, l

@simbeau well if you don’t understand it then you shouldn’t even be a math teacher… thats the point

Why can’t this guy be my math teacher?

@simbeau But then I say that if you’re a math teacher who doesn’t understand math, you have no business teaching it. Plain and simple. That’s why I’m glad that my math teacher basically writes his own textbook

I tried telling all this to my dad who is really into the standard type of math and does equations for fun… it ended really badly.

I used to be a maths major for 2 years and I can tell you, this static formulation, this rout learning based culture is exactly why I switched majors. Thinking back, I always had a sense of ‘what if’, if only the way that it was taught was more interesting. I used to talk about a new thought with my classmate and was told to shut up in class -.-

This guy needs to get out of the antiquated Public school system, and take this innovative type teaching to a charter school, or somewhere that will actually appreciate the value of this. I can see the Teachers union coming after this guy soon, fearing a district Superintendent might want other teachers to step up their “lame” lesson plans!

@simbeau which goes to say that our math education curriculums are not the only thing that need reformation.

@simbeau I would laugh harder at your statement if it wasn’t so true with some of the math teachers I have had in the past, particularly in high school.

@RenewableFuel

Maybe you shouldn’t assume that people who do badly in class don’t try. Pretension isn’t a good look.

@vidalwuu Maybe you should have applied yourself in school.

@CityzenJane You are not a great teacher.

@knoxrox167 no, u r missing the point. he is saying that leaving realistic problem solving for college is why so many people who had YEARS of math in high school still don’t understand how to apply it to their lives.

meh, i think he is missing the point of high school math. learning to take what is taught and apply it in real life situations in realistic ways is something left for college and thus the kids that will actually need to be able to do so.

I wish every math teacher taught the way he does.

This is one of the greatest videos I’ve seen in a long time. I recently took the GRE and in countless situations I’ve found myself asking whyyy am I computing these useless equations. If only I could see the application, then I would have a *reason* to be solving them. I think applying these concepts on schools would not only make better students, but also on the long run better scientists, teachers, parents, etc…

We have enough computers, no reason to turn people into walking processors.

This seems to raise problems of time, but the idea is good.

@47f0 Try doing hardly anything in statistics without the ability to work with infinite series and integration and differentiation. It doesn’t work so well. You can do a little bit, but you won’t really get that much.

@verzinker The “rest” is not always so easy, and sometimes, for the sake of breadth, depth must be sacrificed.

No, the largest problem is that educators need to understand how humans develop patterns and develop cognitive skills. Most don’t, lol, sadly, so I don’t expect any high school teacher without large knowledge of that field to be able to do such. Notice that people made this guy’s ideas better. Did you even notice that he presented slides and didn’t say the quote on the slides? Very novice speech skills he has.

brilliant

Good lecture, and very hopeful towards the future of maths class. Especially like the idea that modern tech can be used to make class more stimulating. At my school we were all spoilt silly- the teachers wanted us to learn how to pass the recipe-like-tests. I think without big changes in the fundamental purpose of the curriculum it is left to guys like Dan (rare) to uphold good teaching themselves.

i really like the cartoon at the end, good vibrations for sure

His point that math books teach math poorly go to the notion that the standards are the curriculum in math, not the math books. Colleges and Universities must produce teachers who understand how to teach, so that kids want to learn. States and districts must require that teachers teach so that all students learn, not just the students who are ‘good’ at math.

@sdrawkcabgnipytmi

yeah he’s the best teacher i’ve ever had.and we’d play a cool math game with a remote control car:)