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In the Middle – Median

In the previous post, I reported on 7th graders exploring the notion of the middle between two numbers.  The method used by almost all seventh graders is one I dubbed the “two-handed approach.”  The same approach also works very well … Continue reading

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Math in the Comics – part 8

Today’s Rose is Rose comic strip reveals something that’s in the cultural background about math homework: Can you name the background assumptions this comic strip makes, things that do not need to be stated explicitly for a wide audience to … Continue reading

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Notes on Lookup – Histograms as Sieves

I think I overlooked one interesting example of something like a sieve being used in the typical K-12 math curriculum, and this post is intended to remedy that.  It is possible and instructive to look at a histogram as a … Continue reading

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Selection versus Education

In many walks of life, we are quite used to systems that select suitable candidates by putting a graded series of hurdles in their path. In the USA we do this with presidential candidates: we make them campaign on the … Continue reading

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