The First Week of School

The first week of school is in the books. Thus begins the season of the year in which I am continually challenged to consider how my faith applies to my teaching, yet I am also continually too busy to process those considerations in a formal way here on this site. Oh well. I will be trying my best to post on a regular basis. In the meantime, if you have thoughts of your own you would like to share please check out the contributing authors section.

I thought I would use this post to share some ways in which I try to get students thinking about the deep meanings of mathematics and to possibly consider the broader philosophical/spiritual pursuits that underlay the subject. Teaching in a public school setting I am somewhat limited in my ability to openly preach my spiritual convictions and the way they illuminate my understanding of mathematics. However, I have tried to be creative in my assignments and room decor, just to get people thinking…

Saying from Plato's Academy: Let no one ignorant of geometry enter here. In this context Geometry is not being used as a subject, but rather as a way of thinking: an appreciation for reasoning and logic.
Truth is worth pursuing. Accompanied by posters of historic moments in mathematics.
The language of mathematics is written everywhere. My goal is to have this wall filled with examples of student-found mathematics by the end of the semester.

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