091: Solving Puzzles and Productive Failure with Kim Vanderspek

August 1st, 2018 · 47 mins 44 secs

About this Episode

02:03 – Kim’s Superpower: Being able to solve puzzles and problems and teaching others to do the same.

05:39 – Speaking and Teaching Math

11:44 – Using Technology to Visualize Math: Quilting, Sewing, Playdough, Boxes

13:53 – Incorporating Programming Into Math Classes


16:01 – Specialization and Efficiency

23:38 – The Cinderella Dress in Action

27:06 – Talking About Process, Mistakes, and Failures

34:56 –Teaching Problem Solving and Failure

39:08 – Perseverance Over Content


Coraline: Show your work.


Sam: The value of perspective.

Jessica: To be perfect, it has to be repeatable for particular people in a particular context.

John: Obstacles parallelisms. Fail first, learn from the failure, get better. But planning for that is integral.

Kim: Productive failure, trial and error, and doing beautiful things.

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