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For those of us who love maths, it's sad to see how many people
hate it, or have a phobia of it, or proudly announce "I was never
very good at maths at school." The question we often counter with
is "Would you be so proud of being unable to read?"
But what's true is that despite the dedication and best efforts of maths teachers in schools all over the world, many people are left with no real appreciation of what the subject is, or of the beauty that's there to be experienced.
So what would be great would be to have a collection of activities that have, at their heart, proofs. Proofs to make you go "Wow!"
Wouldn't it be great if just for one lesson a year a teacher had a resource that let them present an age-appropriate, curriculum appropriate proof that was accessible, engaging, and genuinely beautiful.
Maybe that's not possible, but we can try. Let's gather together a collection of candidate proofs, then bundle them to be accessible to teachers so they can let the students see beyond the sometimes motiveless manipulations and tedious tinkerings. We know that teachers want to instill a sense of awe, wonder, and enthusiasm in their students, so let's try to provide the resources they need to do exactly that.
So we need a collection of proofs to be bundled and presented, to be made accessible and useable for time-pressed teachers. At this stage we don't know exactly what will fly, or what will best engage the students, but we can start by collecting candidates, and then working to attach them to the curriculum and thereby determine the best age group for them.
We need candidates.
Some Suggestions ...
So here are some suggestions:
A challenge for you ...
So, what mathematical proof could you present to a six-year-old? Or an eight year-old? What is there in the school curriculum that you think has a lovely proof that the students really ought to get to experience?
Let me know.
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