The Great Explainer Richard Feynman

How to explain the most complex ideas in simple terms?

RichardFeynman-PaineMansionWoods1984_copyrightTamikoThiel_bwFour steps of the Feynman technique are

  1. Write down everything new you learn about a subject in a notebook.
  2. Pretend to teach the topic in a classroom. Try to explain in a simple way.
  3. Go back to the books when you get stuck.
  4. Simplify and use analogies that everybody knows and understands.

 

“There is no better way to learn than to teach.” – Benjamin Whichcote

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Dream Math

Everybody dreams.

rsauter-boyThe boy dreams of being an astronaut.

How long does he need to study and work until his dream can become reality?

Answer

 

Which job does not require math?

 

The photograph courtesy of Roland Sauter

 

Extraordinary Math Teaching by Dan Finkel

Dan Finkel suggested principles of extraordinary math teaching:

Math can the best of time or the worst of time.

 

 

1) Start with a question.

2) Thinking happens only when you have time to struggle.

3) (Teacher), you are not the answer key.

4) Say yes to your students’ ideas.

5) Play!

A marvelous quotation is attributed to the most brilliant scientist of the modern age, Albert Einstein: “Play is the highest form of research.”

 

 

 

Everyday Geek Questions

What happens once in a minute, twice in a week and once in a year?

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I will be X years old in year X2. How old am I?

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How many planes of symmetry does a cube have?

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“1” costs $10. “20” costs $20. How much does “100” cost?

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Work Hard – Aim High

Wikipedia article on Skills

Teacher’s job is not teaching

Teacher’s job is not teaching. Teacher’s job is helping students to learn.

Students learn ( Math )  to be able creating value for others in the future.

Why Finland is First for Education?

RTR44M0O-628x330Recent World Economic Report reveals the secrets of the best country in education.

Here the short summary goes:

“1. Education and learning must be a respected and admired part of your culture. . .

2. . .  teachers and assistants give students the extra attention and support they need to catch up.

3. You need high quality teachers with compassion.”