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One of the big misapprehensions about mathematics that we perpetrate in our classrooms is that the teacher always seems to know the answer to any problem that is discussed. This gives students the idea that there is a book somewhere with all the right answers to all of the interesting questions, and that teachers know those answers. And if one could get hold of the book, one would have everything settled. That's so unlike the true nature of mathematics.
- Leon Henkin
LCC students will turn in two book reports, hopefully during the first half of the term.
Both of these reports are brief assignments. If you are spending more than a couple hours on them, you are taking them too seriously.
The first book report will merely be summarizing the first chapter of Factfulness.
Our claass library has physical copies of the book for every student to borrow. The first chapter is also available freely online, from Bill Gates or this website.
The second book report involves pretending you run a small business. Imagine almost any business. It must have multiple items for sale. But it is so small it has few employees besides the owner, if any.
Culinary students could use a food cart, small restaurant, or small catering service. Early Childhood Education students could use a tutoring or home child care businesss. Nursing students could use a rural cash-only personal practice.
Feel free to be creative, and even funny. Students in past terms have imagined themsleves doing everything from selling socially awkward hand-crafted goods to being a hit man.
Once you have a business imagined, do six things: