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Vito Prosciutto: Teaching community college math on the road to a PhD.
Thursday, October 16, 2003
08:12Math teaching methods annoyance
The prof vetos this idea. Suddenly we're teaching a single lesson to a 10th grade class. Everyone else's material can be easily adapted to this change, but mine not so much. I've got five minutes to come up with an alternative.
Which I do.
Instead of that proof, I decide that we can look at countability of infinite sets. The Math Circle in Boston does this with 6th graders so it's certainly within the grasp of 10th graders (although I intentionally move the proof that the cardinality of the set of reals is not equal to the cardinality of rationals into the "if time" section of the lessonI'm not at the level of overlearning with this concept to be as comfortable with it as I'd like).
So I'm pretty happy with how I managed to dodge the bullet, but generally annoyed with how the class as a whole is being run. I'll be so happy to be done with all this education stuff and finally start teaching.