Have you ever met a math guru who shreds the keytar and just so happens to be in a rock band that opened for Bon Jovi? Vanessa Vakharia aka The Math Guru joins us on the show today to talk about why stereotypes are the biggest obstacle when it comes to teaching math, why failing Grade 11 math twice was the best thing that ever happened to her, and why the world would be a better place if math was as cool as The Kardashians!
What math trauma is and how every one of us can be a math therapist;Why it is critical to set goals that are not anxiety inducing in math class;Why student-centered learning needs to be about more than just curriculum content;The secret to being the best math teacher in the world (hint: Ted Lasso)
Venssa’s website: www.themathguru.ca
Venssa’s podcast: www.maththerapypodcast.com
Venssa’s thesis: https://open.library.ubc.ca/soa/cIRcle/collections/ubctheses/24/items/1.0071315
Venssa’s band: www.goodnightsunrise.com
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