Math is _____ (Fill in the Blank)

Many discussions of mathematics from a classical Christian
perspective focus on presenting math as true, good and beautiful. While this is an integral conversation to bring into the classroom, it’s an incomplete picture. Students would leave our schools ultimately unchanged in how they practice and understand mathematics. This presentation will challenge educators on how to complete the sentence “Math is ” with language that considers the practical experience. How do we understand not only the philosophy of mathematics, but
the practice from a Christian perspective? How do the practices and liturgies of the math classroom impact the affections of students? We will end by offering some practical examples that can be implemented in your own classroom.

Josh Wilkerson

Josh has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Texas A&M, a master's degree in historical theology from Dallas Th eological Seminary and a doctoral degree in math education from Texas State University. He has taught math at Regents School of Austin for the past seven years and serves as the Chair of the Mathematics Department for the logic and rhetoric schools. In his spare time, he runs the website www.GodandMath.com, which is devoted to the integration of math and Christian faith. Josh also serves on the board for the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences.

Classical Considerations for Computer Programming

Is it enough to hope that we have formed students well enough for them to engage with technology responsibly? If the goal of rhetoric is to cultivate the good man speaking well, we must consider that there is a lot to say in the world of technology, and that our students won’t have a voice if they can’t speak the language. This session’s presenters will draw on their experience from starting programming courses at Regents School of Austin and make an argument for 1) why programming should be considered classical and 2) what benefits a classical school has to offer over similar courses at STEM-focused schools.

Josh Wilkerson

Josh has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Texas A&M, a master's degree in historical theology from Dallas Th eological Seminary and a doctoral degree in math education from Texas State University. He has taught math at Regents School of Austin for the past seven years and serves as the Chair of the Mathematics Department for the logic and rhetoric schools. In his spare time, he runs the website www.GodandMath.com, which is devoted to the integration of math and Christian faith. Josh also serves on the board for the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences.

Brandon Shufflebarger

Aft er working in corporate finance, Brandon seized the opportunity to join the Teach for America program, where he taught math for three years. He spent his first year teaching in the Mississippi Delta, where he led a group of algebra students to the highest test scores in the district, and his last two years in inner-city Indianapolis. Eventually, Brandon made his way to Regents School of Austin, where he has taught various levels of math and economics. Currently, Brandon is building up the computer science program at Regents, and is working as an internal soft ware developer.

Math for Goodness Sake

How do we as Christian educators instill in students an appreciation for the inherent goodness of math? This question is of vital importance as many students (and, let’s be honest, some teachers) experience mathematics as confusing, stressful and generally contrary to anything considered good.

Josh Wilkerson

I graduated from Texas A&M in 2005 with a B.S. in mathematics and I completed a Th.M. in Historical Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2010. For the past two years I have taught geometry and AP Statistics at Regents School of Austin while working part-time on a Ph.D. in Math Education at Texas State University. In 2012 I was honored as one of five finalists in the state of Texas for the HEB Excellence in Education Award. In my spare time I run the website www.GodandMath.com which is devoted to the integration of mathematics and Christian faith. I have been married to my wife Laura for seven years, we have a two-year-old son named Caleb, and we are expecting our second child in October.