… run a math center, math club, math circle, or other math program which people attend by choice, and at which something other than tutoring and/or homework help is provided?
… homeschool, and have exciting ideas about how kids learn math?
… do new sorts of work helping people learn math through the web?
… have ideas about how to integrate these experiences into public school classrooms, or public policy perspectives?
If you do, perhaps you’d like to add a chapter to Joyful Math: Learning Outside the Classroom, and In.
Why this anthology is needed:
Math is seldom taught well in American schools, and most people end up quite uncomfortable with it. Throughout the history of public education in this country math has troubled most students. Is it different in other countries? Can it be different here?
A number of ground-breaking projects have sprung up over the last decade, with this common thread – most are happening outside the traditional classroom setting. This anthology will include exciting reports from the frontlines of what its editor thinks of as the “joyful math movement”, and will help parents, teachers, and math enthusiasts everywhere think more clearly about how to help students learn math.
We already have an exciting core group of authors, including Julie Brennan (host of Living Math Forum and livingmath.net), Maria Droujkova (naturalmath.com), Amanda Serenevy (riverbendmath.org), and the published authors Robert and Ellen Kaplan (Out of the Labyrinth: Setting Mathematics Free). Now we need to find more voices. Please send this call for submissions along to all lists, groups, blogs, wikis, sites, etc, where people doing projects like these might see it.
How to join in the fun:
If you have something to add to this anthology, we’d like to hear from you. Please give enough detail to make your unique perspective clear, and write your proposal in the same style you’d use in a chapter you’d submit later. Or simply send a first draft of your proposed chapter. Send proposals, questions, and requests for more information to Sue VanHattum at mathanthologyeditor at gmail.com. Deadline for proposals: May 30, 2009. Tentatively accepted contributors will be notified by June 30; chapters will be due by September 30, 2009.
Some questions for contributors:
• Describe your project. Tell stories from daily experiences. Also tell what you’ve learned from this experience. Have you had ‘aha!’ moments?
• What hurdles have you overcome in this project? How has your vision for what you’re doing changed over time?
• In an ideal world, how could public schools use your ideas/practices?