Dan Meyer

I was recently sent this link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlvKWEvKSi8

Dan Meyer, a maths teacher based in California with an interesting approach and attitude to his craft.

His blog is worth reading too.  http://blog.mrmeyer.com

One of the ideas he was discussing that particularly resonated with me was the problem that people can have with irresolution.  We’re more comfortable with defined outcomes, we like to know what’s happening and where we’re headed.  It links closely to the idea of the philosophical ‘pit’ much explored by anyone who has spent time working with a ‘Drama and Philosophy’ strand.  Developing and expanding the ability to work through an idea (or ideas) without necessarily knowing where it’s going to lead or even whether it’s correct.

I’ll crib from Dan’s lecture a quote from Einstein (if I keep quoting Einstein long enough maybe some of his genius might rub off on me… or not).

“The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill.”
A Einstein.

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