Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
How to Learn Mathematics - and everything else!
Have you ever achieved well but had the nagging feeling you don’t really understand? Have you ever questioned why so many people fear and dislike mathematics, or other subjects? or why women and girls often opt out of mathematics when they get the chance, feeling they do not “belong” in STEM? Our world has changed dramatically in recent years - particularly with the availability of technology, and new understandings of the brain, yet many classrooms look strikingly similar to those in the 18th century. This seminar will consider the latest research in learning, neuroscience, and mindset to consider how learners should be engaged. We will also learn together in these ways, encountering quantitative ideas in a visual, creative, and connected way. Students will spend time investigating cases of teaching and learning and developing new ideas to help others learn. This seminar will consider what science tells us about learning, the nature of good teaching, and the reasons for ongoing inequities in our education system. It is for students who are interested in education, and for those who would like to unlock their own learning potential at Stanford. The final project for this class will involve designing or creating tools for education or interviewing students to help discover new insights that will help others learn.