I was recently directed to a great article by John Van Sloten at thinkChristian on “How math illumines our infinite God.” In the article, Van Sloten addresses how a proper mathematical understanding of infinity informs our perception of our infinite God. The article also comes from a growing concern over the decreasing mathematical ability of the general populace. The closing question is a significant one:
If we don’t possess even basic math skills, how will we ever be able to engage the mathematical – that is, the logical, precise, trustworthy, universal, elegant, infinite and awe-inspiring – mind of God?
In addition to the article, John Van Sloten also gave a sermon at New Hope Church in Calgary entitled “God, Infinity, and Mathematics.” An entire sermon, given in a church, dealing with God and math. Preach on John. Preach on.
Chris VanSlooten at Christian School Teacher offers some practical ways to get students thinking about their faith in a Pre-Calculus course.
Big Idea: Give students essential questions to reflect on at the end of each unit, then publish them on a blog.
I think this is an amazing idea. I just came across this site and I will definitely be taking some time to read through it. As a Pre-Cal teacher in a public school I’ll be looking for some reflection questions which I can borrow/modify. Check out the student work on the blog below:
If you read my previous post, then you know that one of the problems with math education today (if not THE problem) is that people just don’t treat mathematics as an art form. Not only is mathematics a form of art, but so is teaching. Sadly, it seems that more and more steps are being taken to standardize curriculum and teaching methods.
Here are some great thoughts from the awesomely named blog Mathy McMatherson on the art of teaching:
Teaching is my favorite form of artistic creation, on par with the more traditional forms of art such as painting, poetry, or musical composition. These artists start with a blank canvas, an empty page, or dead air – we start with an open mind. We leave our impressions on our students with the lessons we conduct and the structure of our classroom – we carve out a space for learning and growth and, in the process, plant the seeds of knowledge, confidence, and leadership in our students.