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“Big Data” to fight crime

Data science is the new cool science on the block.  I have a much better time selling math concepts to students that seem useful and that actually are used in their daily lives.  Dallas is using data to save lives!

What to read this weekend: April 29th Edition

Article of the week: As a teacher that focuses on a “growth mindset,” this article by KJ Dell’Antonia in the NY Times – Well Blog seems right up my alley.

Raising a Child With Grit Can Mean Letting Her Quit

April 29, 2016 – STEMM Articles

Science –  I should really do this more!  Meditation Keeps Your Brain Young

Technology – Yahoo’s Security Chief On Encryption Debate: What Is The Greater Good?

Engineering – This looks fun! This Website Is a Rube Goldberg Machine Made of HTML Components

Mathematics – Economics counts as math, right?  Chobani’s Shared Capitalism Bonanza and Why Chobani Gave Employees A Financial Stake In Company’s Future

Medicine – These dozing ‘dragons’ could change how we think about sleep

That is all!  Have a good weekend.

Stop telling kids you’re bad at math

Stop telling kids you’re bad at math!  Especially, if you are teacher.  The primary reason that I made the jump to teaching is that I couldn’t stand when people said that they weren’t “math people.”  How is that acceptable?  People don’t go around saying I’m not really a “reading person.”  It should not be socially acceptable to be bad at math.

I think Valerie Strauss would agree with me in her Washington Post article,
Stop telling kids you’re bad at math. You are spreading math anxiety ‘like a virus.’  Things are even worse when you say these things to young girls.

Girls are especially affected when a teacher publicly announces math hatred before she picks up the chalk. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported that female — but not male — mathematical achievement was diminished in response to a female teacher’s mathematical anxiety. The effect was correlated: the higher a teacher’s anxiety, the lower the scores.