I'm blogging today to let you know about a newly published article from the Ohio Journal of School Mathematics. Catherine Lane from Baldwin Wallace University has written a remarkable article, "The Joy of Following Students Down Unexpected Paths." The article documents Catherine's experience when she decided to let her students think and reason mathematically FOR THEMSELVES (imagine that! An all-too-rare occurrence in many classrooms, right?).
As you read the article, you'll be struck how students will take unexpected paths, and how letting them do so---even when working with the most familiar of tasks---can lead to surprising connections. In this article, Dr. Lane describes new paths her class took to generalize the sum of the interior angles of convex polygons.
Check out the article here. Share it with your friends and fellow teachers! Spread the word about the excellent ideas of our Ohio teaching colleagues!