As math teachers, we need to stay vigilant about how we represent our subject to our students.
At her recent workshop for teaching artists here in the Twin Cities, Malke Rosenfeld said to the gathered group,
It would be fair to say that most of think about math inside a textbook context.
Heads nodded, eyes wide with recognition. Malke prepared to demonstrate that this is not the full story.
Math comes from, and lives within, textbooks. I am not OK with this.
So what can we do in every lesson every day to represent mathematics as a subject that comes from, and lives within, the minds (and bodies) of our students?