I gave a brief breakfast talk at the NCSM (National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics) national conference this spring in Washington, DC, and I was gratified to receive numerous requests for the slides. The slides by themselves, though, are not that useful. I just use them as prompts for what I want to talk about. I figured I’d give a shot at trying to capture the talk in my blog. We’ll see how it goes.
I figured that since I was at a math conference, I’d work with a math metaphor. Here are 2 equations: one captures the variables that determine the students we get in our math classes; the other captures the variables we want to control to turn them into the math learners we want. Let’s take the variables one a time.