*Playing With Math: Stories from Math Circles, Homeschoolers, and the Internet*. We don't have a publisher yet, but I'm still hopeful. I'm pulling together material from about 20 different people who help students learn math in innovative ways. I think it's pretty exciting.

I thought I'd mention the book just so you all know I haven't gone away. (I'm also working on a book review to post here. I hope to get that out soon.)

Here's a current draft of the table of contents. If I've asked you if I can use your blog post in the book, and you don't see it, don't worry, I still have to get that part organized. After the table of contents are some questions I have for my readers.

**[draft] Contents**

Preface 4

Introduction 6

**Section 1. Math Circles, Clubs, Centers, Salons, and Festivals**

Section Introduction 13

Sue VanHattum, Richmond Math Salon

Julia Brodsky, The Art of Inquiry: A Math Circle for Young Children Jamylle Carter, The Oakland Math Circle: A First Iteration

Maria Droujkova, One Day At the Math Club

Amanda Serenevy, Riverbend Community Math Center

Mary O’Keeffe, Creation of the Albany Area Math Circle: Great Circles Conference 2009

Colleen King, The Game of Math

Nancy Blachman, Inspiring Mathematical Interest: The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

Bob and Ellen Kaplan, Letters to a Young Student

A Young Voice:

**Section 2. Homeschoolers**

Section Introduction 35

Julie Brennan, Learning As We Go 36

Holly Graff, One and a Quarter Pizzas: An Unschooling Adventure 46

Pam Sorooshian, Radically Sensible Ideas 50

Sue VanHattum, Recommendations (needs a title)

A Young Voice: Lavinia Karl, An Unschooler Goes to College

**Section 3. The World Online**

Section Introduction 58

Maria Droujkova, Making a Math-friendly Internet [not yet written]

Denise Gaskins, Let’s Play Math [hoping to interview]

Colleen King, The Game of Math Goes Online 59

Rebecca Zook, Zook Tutoring blog [post yet to be selected]

Kate Nowak, Blogging towards better teaching 63

A young voice:

**Section 4. Classrooms**

Section Introduction 67

Alison Blank, Math Is Not Linear

Chris Shore, Textbook Free: Kicking the Habit 68

Dan Meyer, Be Less Helpful

Ed Cruz [not yet written]A young voice? [Algebra Project students?]

**Section 5. Diversity and other Public Policy Issues**

Section Introduction 77

Patricia Kenschaft, Racial Equity Requires Teaching Elementary School Teachers More Mathematics

Danny Martin, Students’ Mathematical Identities [not completed] 84

Sue VanHattum, Girls and Women, Doing Math [not completed]

Melanie Hayes, Learning From My Kids: Letting Gifted Children Bloom 87

Recommendations: Bringing Passion into the Classroom [not completed]

Resources/Appendices

A Collection of Puzzles & Problems 97

Jonathan, jd2718 blog, A Little Math Magic 98

Bibliography 99

Part 1. Fun Math Books For All Ages

Part 2. Recommended Books About the Teaching and Learning of Math

Part 3. References

Finding or creating local math alternatives

A note on online sites

Author Biographies 103

**Questions:**

- How's it looking?
- What's missing?
- Do you know a young person who might be interested in writing a short piece for the end of the classrooms section? (I may need someone for the Internet and Math Circle sections too.)
- Anything else you want to tell me?

Hi,

ReplyDeleteAbout the table of contents... I am curious if each entry has some way to play with math, an example, a lesson, an online resource and descriptions of these that I can practically use as a home schooling mom? Or, is each section someones story or experience but doesn't necessarily lend itself to being repeated? I am curious.

We've enjoyed your blogging very much as well as your participation in the Living Math forum.

Karen G.

Thanks, Karen.

ReplyDeleteNo, the chapters don't each have a lesson; they are mainly stories - to help parents and teachers re-orient themselves, and think of math in ways that will help their children learn deeply.

There will be a few puzzles and lesson ideas, and a good bibliography pointing to other resources.

this looks great.

ReplyDeletewhat a lineup!

the "section" breakdown

is a good idea: contents

pages aren't as scary

when they explain themselves

a little along the way.

section 1 needs

a punchier title.

I think it looks wonderful! I'm actually officially excited now.

ReplyDeleteSince you asked ("anything else you want to tell me?"), I want to mention that one of the chapter titles pushed a button for me: "Learning from my kids: letting gifted children bloom." Now, I don't know what the actual chapter says. But I strongly believe the idea of "gifted children" is actually

very badfor math education in general, and in particular for kids identified as gifted and also for minority kids. I believe the idea of "gifted children" only serves to disempower people. The essence of the problem is something I discussed a while back.There are lots of kids (when I was a kid I was certainly one) who should get every opportunity to bloom mathematically. But because they

love mathematics, not because they're "gifted."All that said, I am reacting to two words in the title of a chapter I haven't read, by an author I don't know, so this digression might be totally irrelevant. But I'm passionate enough about this that I wanted to say something.

Hmm, I agree with you in many ways on this, and yet I love this chapter.

ReplyDeleteI think you might be able to help me resolve some of the issues that concern you. I'll email you.

(The author had wanted the title just to be 'Learning From My Kids'. Perhaps I should have listened to her.)

And thanks, Owen. I'll try to work on that.

ReplyDeleteBest of luck with getting the book published. We will definitely be interested in getting a copy if/when. Have you thought about self-publishing on www.lulu.com? What about selling 'beta' version of the book? See for example the Pragmatic Programmers at http://pragprog.com/categories/beta

ReplyDeleteYep. If I don't get a conventional publisher interested, lulu.com is my current plan. I think a publisher can help make it into a much better book, though. I don't know enough about the visual aesthetics.

ReplyDeleteI'd rather wait until the book comes out to start selling it. If it's lulu, that will be pretty soon, I think. :^) If it's a conventional publisher, I wouldn't want to undercut the paper sales.

Honestly? It feels a little scattered. What audience will be interested in all the parts?

ReplyDelete(Answering. Me. You. All these neat math people I meet through blogging. There might be a good-sized bunch of people for whom this strange mix appeals.

And they are likely people I'd enjoy having a conversation with.)

Jonathan

I've had the same concern ... and answered myself the same way. ;^)

ReplyDeleteIf a publisher expresses that concern, I may not have a good enough answer to satisfy them. Here's how I see it...

For homeschoolers, I think almost all the material will be interesting, though if a homeschooler were the editor, it would be organized differently.

I'm also hoping elementary teachers, even if they don't care for math (yet), will find it all interesting, because it's about how students learn. Any teacher who thinks deeply about learning knows that a classroom isn't the most natural environment, and searches for how to improve it. I think all the material will interest them.

Can you see a better way to organize it, perhaps?

Sue,

ReplyDeleteunless someone external complains, I would leave it exactly as is. The audience may be a bit limited. But it may be a wonderful limited audience!

Jonathan

At least two people, probably more, told me they wanted more math in the book. So the 'collection of puzzles' in the back turned into a puzzle or game (or something) after each chapter. It has been fun finding those to add. Everyone I've asked has said yes. It's coming along nicely. Still no publisher, though...

ReplyDeleteGreat idea! Can't wait to see it published.

ReplyDeleteHi Francisco, It should be out within a year. I have a publisher now, and the manuscript is much tighter than when I wrote this post. We're working now on illustrations and photos, and continuing to shape up the text.

ReplyDelete(I work very slowly on this during the school year - with all my other obligations.)

can't wait to see it out there.

ReplyDelete