*photo by fdecomite via flickr (CC BY 2.0)*

I sat in class 3 days ago and though to myself, “They need a class called ‘Math as a second language’ or MSL for short.”

It is easy to understand what a median is, or what attributes a kite has, or why is a rectangle a square but a square not a rectangle… for a minute or a day.

It is easy to temporarily memorize a fact. But without true understanding of the concept those “definitions” fade. If the foundation of truly understanding is not there to begin with then there is little hope for any true scaffolding and even less chance of any true learning.

—Duncan

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What book is referenced in this post? My daughter recently made an origami icosahedron from math. The origami piece in the photo looks similar and I would love to know the source. – Thank You

Julie

http://highhillhomeschool.blogspot.de/

The photo is from Francesco De Comité‘s beautiful Flickr collection. Since he named the photo “Wenninger 94” perhaps the book is Polyhedron Models, by Magnus Wenninger?

The quote is from a blog post about whether geometry students’ misconceptions about definitions (“Are

thesea subset ofthose?”) stem primarily from math concepts or from a language problem.