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"When students learn, they learn both information and a set of practices, and the two are inextricably related." (Learning and Understanding, 2002)

In order for students to learn mathematics well they need to participate in some of the same activities that mathematicians do. Their learning is best informed not only by learning what to do, but by learning what it's like to be a mathematician. Doing and being are inextricably linked. In our cohort we'll focus on helping our students not only to "do" math but to create math.

Much of what we'll be doing in this cohort is motivated by the ideas shared by John Seely Brown in the video below.

There will be a lot going on the next two days and we'll need to get organized. I'm looking for a volunteer to be our D-in-C, Designer-in-Chief, to keep our collaborative Google Doc pretty and well organized. You're invited to join our doc now!

If you want to add our collaborative Doc to your Google Account sign up here or login to your Google account before you click the link above. If you've clicked it and logged in afterward just refresh the page.

The Plan :

Learn a little, laugh a little, play a little ... every day a little.

If I forgot anything here you can find everything you need at
On twitter, the hash tag for our little group is: #lrn2math

Cohort Meeting Schedule
Friday 9 September 2011
9:30 - 10:45 Learning to see the math around us.
Find the math in the world around you, take a picture of it, create a digital mind map and make your thinking transparent.

1:30 - 2:30 Learning to create mathematics; together.
Create mathematics collaboratively, wade through each others thinking and share your own.

Saturday 10 September 2011
9:30 - 10:45 Learning to refine our mathematical thinking
Make everything we've done together better and adopt an "always beta" frame of mind.

1:30 - 2:30 Learning to capture and share mathematical thought; next steps ...

A Tube-Chop of the full 10 minute video on YouTube.