Author: Tom

How To Learn Math

Stanford professor Jo Boaler’s invaluable website has tools and resources for students, teachers, and parents. This applies to you! I cannot recommend the mindset approach enough, articulated by Carole Dweck, and along with Jo Boaler and thousands of math teachers around the world, is quietly bringing a revolution to the world of math education. […]

The Five Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching by Dan Finkel

In this perspective-expanding and enjoyable talk, Dan Finkel invites us to approach learning and teaching math with courage, curiosity, and a sense of play. Dan Finkel wants everyone to have fun with math. After completing his Ph.D. in algebraic geometry at the University of Washington, he decided that teaching math was the most important contribution […]

How To Learn Better

I just noticed this really fantastic short video on learning at the The Atlantic. Anyone really can learn anything. You must be comfortable with not knowing, with not having answers, with being wrong. Knowing what the rules are and knowing how success is defined means there is no discovery. Be curious: ask questions, build the […]

The Precise Relationship between Intelligence and Speed: There is none

I took the measure of the situation and came to the conclusion that rapidity doesn’t have a precise relationship to intelligence. What is important is to deeply understand things and their relations to each other. This is where intelligence lies.