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Writing Good Questions for the Internet Era

Jeff Suzuki

CUNY Brooklyn

The forced conversion to distance learning in Spring 2020 caught most of us off-guard. One of the biggest problems we face is the existence of free or freemium online calculators that show all steps required to produce a textbook perfect solution. 

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Scavenger Hunts to Equip Students for Remote Learning

As each new school year begins, teachers consider how to help students build confidence with the tools and manipulatives they will use throughout the year. In Work Places, for example, we allow students to explore materials like Unifix cubes, pattern blocks, and dominoes before they use them in actual gameplay.

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Digital Work Places, Part 1: When a Partner Isn’t Possible

Work Places play a critical role for students, providing skills practice with engaging, developmentally appropriate games, independent activities, or more open-ended partner work. Cognizant of the key role they play, and responding to requests from Bridges teachers, MLC has created Digital Work Places, versions of the Digital Display Materials that students can use on their own computers or tablets.

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Digital Work Places, Part 2: Synchronous Environments

In Part 1 of our series on Digital Work Places, we considered how students might use these tools in an asynchronous environment or when partner work isn’t possible. When social distancing ceases to be a focus of concern, students will be able to pair up and work on a single device to play a game,

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When Rational Points Are Few and Far Between

On a recent episode of our podcast My Favorite Theorem, my cohost Kevin Knudson and I were happy to have Ruthi Hortsch join us. You can listen to the episode here or at, where there is also a transcript.

Hortsch is a mathematician and senior program manager at Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM),

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Proving a Legendary Mathematician Wrong

Last month, I learned that Indian mathematician Sharadchandra Shankar Shrikhande passed away at age 102. The name rang a bell because not long ago I had learned about “Greco-Latin squares,” the mathematical construction for which he was most famous.

To understand Shrikhande’s work,

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One Weird Trick to Make Calculus More Beautiful

On our most recent episode of My Favorite Theorem, my cohost Kevin Knudson and I were happy to talk with Steven Strogatz, an applied mathematician at Cornell and author of several popular mathematics books. You can listen to the episode here or at,

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The Last Root of Unity

In math, there are infinitely many roots of unity, but blogs are finite. This is my last post here. I started Roots of Unity 7 1/2 years ago, when I had just finished my internship at Scientific American. I was a very green math and science writer,

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Over 60 New York Times Graphs for Students to Analyze

Note: Register for our free June 11 webinar about teaching with graphs, or watch a previously recorded on-demand webinar here.

For the last three years, we have collaborated with the American Statistical Association (A.S.A.) to produce “What’s Going On in This Graph?

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