Calculus is the wrong summit of the pyramid. “The mathematics curriculum that we have is based on a foundation of arithmetic and algebra. And everything we learn after that is building up towards one subject. And at top of that … Continue reading →

The subject of statistics is rife with misleading terms. I have written about this before in such posts as Teaching Statistical Language and It is so random. But the terms sampling error and non-sampling error win the Dr Nic prize for … Continue reading →

Why do we teach about random variables, and why is it so difficult to understand? Probability and statistics go together pretty well and basic probability is included in most introductory statistics courses. Often maths teachers prefer the probability section as … Continue reading →

I had a great time at ICOTS9. Academic conferences are a bit of a lottery, but ICOTS is two for two for me. Both ICOTS8 and ICOTS9 were winners – enjoyable, interesting and inspiring. I’ve just returned from ICOTS9 in … Continue reading →

The concept of “random” is a tough one. First there is the problem of lexical ambiguity. There are colloquial meanings for random that don’t totally tie in with the technical or domain-specific meanings for random. Then there is the fact … Continue reading →

I have a guilty secret. I really love probability problems. I am so happy to be making videos about probability just now, and conditional probability and distributions and all that fun stuff. I am a little disappointed that we won’t be … Continue reading →

I have a guilty secret. I really love probability problems. I am so happy to be making videos about probability just now, and conditional probability and distributions and all that fun stuff. I am a little disappointed that we won’t be … Continue reading →

This is a short post, sometimes called e-begging! I had been toying with the idea of a Kickstarter project, as a way for supporters of my work to help us keep going. Kickstarter is a form of crowd-sourcing, which lets … Continue reading →

This is a short post, sometimes called e-begging! I had been toying with the idea of a Kickstarter project, as a way for supporters of my work to help us keep going. Kickstarter is a form of crowd-sourcing, which lets … Continue reading →

Mathematicians teaching English “I became a maths teacher so I wouldn’t have to mark essays” “I’m having trouble getting the students to write down their own ideas” “When I give them templates I feel as if it’s spoon-feeding them” These … Continue reading →