I recently watched a video on New Year’s resolutions that got me.
In the video, a little girl pointed out that if she wanted to ride a bike, it took more than a resolution. It took a willingness to fall and try again and again.
That illustration seemed to capture very well the learning process. It’s easy to start the new year with resolutions of how much better things will be (or how much better math class will be), but the reality of getting there will involve taking steps…and being willing to get back up when we fall.
As students try to improve problem-solving skills and stretch themselves, they will likely get problems wrong, just as we will fall off a bike when learning to ride. It’s part of the learning process. And as you try to teach math from a biblical worldview, you will likely fall short of what you hoped. Make sure you’re striving for the right goals–for God’s goals. But if you are, don’t give up–get back on that bike 🙂
“Thanks again. We love this book – it’s the first year in about the last 8 years that we haven’t had tears in our math time with this child, and she loves seeing the connections in math to real things that God created.” – Debby [referring to Principles of Mathematics: Book 1]
I wanted to quickly share a couple of articles I’ve recently had published. I hope they encourage you in your math journey and remind you to find joy in math as you praise the Creator and see math as a way of exploring God’s handiwork and completing the tasks He’s given you to do. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments, and please feel free to share these with your friends.
Math, Assumptions, Dating Methods, and the Grand Canyon On a recent trip to the Grand Canyon, I was reminded of how misunderstood dating methods have become. We hear dates quoted as fact so often that they’re held up as mathematical fact. Few understand that the answer to a math problem is only as accurate as the starting information—and that in the case of dating methods, that starting information is based on unverifiable assumptions.
Finding Joy in Math If the words “joy” and “math” don’t seem to go together in your mind, please take a look at this article I wrote for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Math transforms when we look at it from a biblical worldview.
New Video Supplement
The video supplement for Book 2 of Principles of Mathematics is now available to start (I expect it to be completely finished in early 2017).
In this workshop, creation scientist Dr. Jason Lisle explores numbers, using fractals to help show the incredible beauty in even abstract mathematics. Around 36 minutes into the workshop, Dr. Lisle explores the nature of math itself, showing how math simply doesn’t make sense apart from a biblical worldview.
While this isn’t a light video (expect to have to think a little…although you can still get the general idea even if you don’t get the mathematical details), it is an encouraging reminder that there’s amazing beauty in math…and that God is the Creator of that beauty.
Thank you to Don S for sharing the video with me in a comment to a previous post.
It’s still hard for me to grasp the reality that it’s actually done. Writing this math curriculum has been an amazing journey, fraught with unexpected delays (such as a concussion that left me unable to work much on it for more than a year) and challenges. Yet as I look back, I see God’s provision each step along the way.
Thank you, dear readers, for being a part of that provision—for your prayers and your encouragement. I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me. (And please don’t stop praying! I’m still working on Year 2…which is due to come out late this year/early next.)
As you begin planning for next fall’s school year, don’t let the thought of math scare you. Math is a way of describing God’s creation—it’s a testimony to His faithfulness, wisdom, and greatness. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out this short video I made a couple years ago for a quick reminder of how math can be seen from a biblical worldview. This version includes an ending I recently added that offers a quick overview of the curriculum too.
For a long time, I’ve been pondering about how to use math to share the gospel. Recently, a group of friends helped flesh out an idea. We ended up going to a college campus and asking random people some questions. The video below is the result.
Please share the video with others–I would love for it to make unbelievers stop and think and encourage believers that the very consistencies around us testify to God’s faithfulness. Here’s a direct link to copy and share: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhnAT688xWY
(Thank you to Jonathan Hynes for doing the videotaping and to everyone else who came/prayed for the event/provided feedback.)
Description: God…and math??? How can math be presented biblically? What does God have to do with math? Learn more in this short (2:23) video.
Note: If a picture says a thousand words, how many does a video say?
For some time now, I’ve been feeling the need for a very short video on math from a biblical worldview that could serve as an introduction to new visitors to this site and a resource our subscribers could use to easily share the message about math with their friends.
So at long last, here it is. I would love to hear your feedback…and would be delighted if you use the share button on YouTube to share the video with your friends.
For a long time, I’ve dreamed of using video as a vehicle to communicate about God’s handiwork in math. Below is my first attempt: a 35-second video in which Divi (a division sign) sets out to count the stars…and realizes just how much bigger God is than we could ever imagine.
Please let me know what you think…and feel free to share the video with a friend.
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