New Home Forums Course Ideas & Outlines Epiphany–theme

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    Deborah Brandon
    Adventurer
    @debbrandon

    After going back and forth on ideas for themes, I finally had an epiphany (those usually happen in the shower, this one happened while I was luxuriating in bed this morning). I’m working towards putting together an online course about calculus for the math wary. My theme is “in the kitchen.”
    Some examples:
    Functions (rules that transform something into something else). E.g. Numerical scores to letter grades.–any form of cooking that transforms raw to cooked.
    Limits (what happens when you get closer and closer to something)–chopping up a vegetable finer and finer, or using a blender.
    Derivatives (rates of change)–how fast can you bring liquid to a boil.

    Any thoughts?

    #34609

    Michael Kilkelly
    Adventurer
    @michaelkilkelly

    I like this idea! I took calculus years ago and don’t remember much (if any) of it. Relating the concepts to things I’m familiar with makes it a lot less scary and a lot stickier. Do you plan to have kitchen demonstrations? Are you going to include recipes? I think you can have a lot of fun with this. Looking forward to seeing more.

    #34613

    Michael Kilkelly
    Adventurer
    @michaelkilkelly

    A few of course name ideas:

    Cooking with Calculus

    The Calculus Kitchen

    In the Kitchen with Calculus

     

    #34617

    Deborah Brandon
    Adventurer
    @debbrandon

    I hadn’t thought much beyond and overall theme, but with the feedback I’m getting, I think I’m going to have brief/simple demonstrations. I like the idea of having a recipe attached to it.

    I was also thinking of getting silly with aprons, chef’s hats, mistakes…

    Thanks for your input.

    #34619

    Deborah Brandon
    Adventurer
    @debbrandon

    Oooh! I like those titles. Thanks.

    #34621

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    This is awesome Deborah. Love the input Michael shared as well.

    I think it’ll be a blast doing all this in the kitchen. YES PLEASE to fun aprons and chef outfits.

    Excited to see how you formulate the lesson experiences.

    #34623

    Deborah Brandon
    Adventurer
    @debbrandon

    I bet I could use my son’s kitchen. It’s bigger than mine. My son is a videographer. And he and one of his house mates work as cooks. 🙂

    #34627

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    That sounds like a perfect fit!!! Way to go super mom!!!

    #34658

    Bobbie Jo Van Den Plas
    Adventurer
    @bobbiejo

    Wow! This is so cool, Deborah! Makes me feel like even I could understand calculus with your teaching! I totally agree with what Michael said: Relating the concepts to things I’m familiar with makes it a lot less scary and a lot stickier. I also really like the names he came up with too. Love this idea!

    #34824

    Andy Freist
    Mountain Guide
    @andyfreist

    Love it!

    Makes me want to learn cookin, er, calculus!

    #34846

    Chris Gilmour
    Adventurer
    @ChrisG

    I feel similar to most here Deborah,

    I would actually like to improve my functional math skills and better understand how math can be applied to different aspects of life, business and strategy. I’m excited to watch this unravel for you.

    The kitchen theme did not get me super excited off the bat but I feel like if you could use really good analogies, metaphors and even living examples in the kitchen that really help simplify the concepts or even better, make them practical, then I think I would warm up to it pretty quick.

    For names, I loved “Cooking with Calculus”

    Can you give a quick explanation of what calculus is all about? What is the essence and function of it? How can it be used in life? This would help me give better feedback on your future posts.

    I may be one of your first students as better math is a goal of mine!

    Cheers,
    Chris G

    #34962

    Akasha Madron
    Adventurer
    @mysticsparkling

    That is a great theme, Deborah.  I love the idea of relating math to visual and visceral examples.

    I would definitely promote it to my nephew as he is newly in college, learning calculus and also wants to learn to cook.

    Good luck developing your ideas!

     

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