We are connected to this Earth

Posted: November 28, 2013 in The root of the matter
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EDCI 405 is not your typical mathematics class. Our professor, Jennifer Thom, bursts into class with an air of excitement and energy, and begins a philosophical discussion on the holistic nature of mathematics.

WAIT…

Mathematics as non-linear in nature? Interconnected? Linked to other subject areas?

ALL PREVIOUS MATHEMATICAL NOTIONS HAVE BEEN THROWN OUT OF THE PROVERBIAL WINDOW.

To continue, I wholeheartedly agree with Thom’s argument that mathematics needs to be thought of in a cyclical, all-encompassing manner. By connecting mathematics to other academic elements, we can make math meaningful and give it a purpose outside of the classroom; thereby increasing student comprehension and understanding. Mathematics should be an engaging and interactive process between teacher, student, and peers. By embracing a holistic sense of mathematics, educators are actually creating connections that are tangible for their students. I truly believe that this will lead to a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts, as well as foster a positive mentality toward mathematical teaching and learning.

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