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Thursday, October 17 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Three Proofs Every Student Should See, Room 316

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Much of a student’s early exposure to mathematics is grounded in what works based on trial and error and learning specific algorithms to achieve useful results. But professional and recreational mathematicians alike will tell you that the heart of mathematics is in problem solving, reasoning, and communication, not calculation. As a result, while they may be well prepared to USE math in other disciplines, many students matriculate having made decisions about their desire (and fitness!) to take college math classes without have ever seen any comparable material — and they miss out on the beauty of the ideas underpinning these undeniably powerful results! How do we reconcile the disparity between the practical introduction emphasized by most K–12 standards and the philosophical approach that is the hallmark and main recommendation of advanced mathematics? In this session we will discuss three accessible proofs that offer a window into the mathematical mindset while supporting and illuminating a standard approach to calculation, as well as appropriate ways to tie them into traditional curricula.

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Jana Comstock

Upper School Math Teacher, The Nueva School
Jana Comstock joined the faculty at Nueva in 2008, having previously taught at Brooklyn’s Saint Ann’s School, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth, Groton School in Massachusetts, and Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut. Jana has... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403