In a prior blog post, I presented an uncommon method for solving the well-known Burning Tent problem. My solution, modeled on the approach in the *Connected Geometry* curriculum, used a dynamic ellipse to pinpoint the optimal solution. Now, I'd like to offer a related problem from *Connected Geometry* where … Continue Reading ››

# The Cowgirl Problem

In a previous post, I described two different approaches to solving the Burning Tent optimization problem. Now I'd like to offer a related problem that I assigned many years ago to my pre-service mathematics teachers at New York University.

A cowgirl wants to give her horse some food and … Continue Reading ››

# Introducing Web Sketchpad at the 2021 NCTM Annual Meeting

NCTM’s Virtual 2021 Annual Meeting ran from April 21 through May 1, and in Session 299 Daniel Scher, Karen Hollebrands, and I presented an on-demand video workshop to introduce Web Sketchpad (WSP). Even if you weren't able to attend the conference, you can still take … Continue Reading ››

# A follow-Up to The Interior Angle Sum

This post is a follow-up to Sarah Stephens' guest post of a week ago, in which she described a lesson using embodied cognition to help students make sense of the interior angle sum theorem for triangles, not just as an abstract concept, but as a property grounded in their concrete physical experiences.

# The Interior Angle Sum: An Embodied Investigation

[This guest post by Sarah Stephens, a senior at Pennsylvania State University, describes a lesson she created as part of her Senior Honors Thesis on leveraging embodied cognition to help students develop abstract mathematical concepts.]

As a soon-to-be classroom mathematics teacher, I have taken special interest in the field of … Continue Reading ››

# Race to the Burning Tent

How can you identify a lover of math? Casually mention a burning tent and notice if her first thought is how to minimize her path to a river and then to the tent to douse the flames. Here is a full statement of this classic geometry problem:

*Ah, the great … Continue Reading ››*

*Pirate Treasure Awaits*

*In a 2018 blog post, I presented George Gamow's pirate treasure problem, which can neatly be solved by capitalizing on the geometry of complex numbers. There's more treasure to be had, however, so get ready for another adventure!*

*An island contains a giant boulder, a lighthouse, a cave, and a jail. Among … Continue Reading ››*

*Protect the Sheep*

*A game of enclosing sheep and wolves in fences helps children to develop their conceptual understanding of polygons.*

*Revisiting the Hundred Chart*

*With a few adjustments, we can make the Hundred Chart more intuitive and more useful for students. This post explains why the improvements are needed and describes how students can build a physical model that more accurately corresponds to the number system.*

*A New Twist on Arranging Addends*

*Of all the original games I've designed, Arranging Addends is among my favorites. On page 1 of the Web Sketchpad model below (and here), you're given five addends—1, 2, 4, 8, and 16—and asked to arrange them in the circles so that the sum of the numbers in each circle matches the values … Continue Reading ››*