Asking the Right Questions: Categories of Study and Thought for Mathematics

Jeff Chambless discusses the important pedagogical method of asking the right questions about mathematics.

All too often, math is taught as a set of irrelevant, isolated algorithms. In this workshop, we will explore how to combat this and learn how to teach math in alignment with classical thought by asking better questions. We will practice and use specific categories of inquiry about a mathematical concept, such as historical context, key figures, connection to the Quadrivium framework of mathematics and theological implications. By investigating math units using these categories and learning to show students how to do this for themselves, we can teach them to be better thinkers and mathematicians.

Jeff Chambless

Jeff Chambless has been teaching at Westminster School at Oak Mountain since 2011. Prior to that, he served as a youth minister. He likes to connect his degrees in mathematics, divinity and philosophy to student learning in the classroom. He has one wife, three children and one cat.

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