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From How a physicist is healing from trauma caused by math teaching by Jamelle Watson-Daniels

… about big ideas and the connections between them.” This line from the book really stood out to me. Because essentially, my brain works in this way — seek out big ideas, connect them to lay out a roadmap, now solve detailed problems associated with this. But in math and physics, my experience has been to be discouraged from doing this in the classroom.

From How a physicist is healing from trauma caused by math teaching by Jamelle Watson-Daniels

… about big ideas and the connections between them.” This line from the book really stood out to me. Because essentially, my brain works in this way — seek out big ideas, connect them to lay out a roadmap, now solve detailed problems associated with this. But in math and physics, my experience has been to be discouraged from doing this in the classroom.

From How a physicist is healing from trauma caused by math teaching by Jamelle Watson-Daniels

…he beauty of mathematics, ask deep questions, explore connections or learn about its applicability. Mathematics is about knowledge creation through our understanding of patterns. This is directly contradictory of the way math is taught in classrooms as just a set of rules that you memorize and master or not. “The powerful thinkers are those who make connections, think logically, and use space, data and num…

From How a physicist is healing from trauma caused by math teaching by Jamelle Watson-Daniels

Similarly, physics is dependent on mathematics. We force students to sit in classrooms and solve isolated problems in a timely manner as if this is what it looks like to be a physicist in society. I met physicists who spend years solving a problem of interest, dissecting it from every angle avai…

From To Everyone Who’s Just Barely Holding It Together by Hanna Brooks Olsen

The thing that few people will ever admit is that all of us are feeling for the switch in the dark every day and some days we find it and some days we don’t and some days we do but the bulb is burned out and even just the reaching and reaching is an accomplishment.