EP060: Math for love

Huzefa is joined by Dan Finkel, a mathematician with a plethora of teaching experience. Dan is also the founder of Math for Love, an education organization that advises dozens of schools on math curriculums in ths Seattle area. Join Dan and Huzefa as they discuss how math education should be modified to foster creativity and interest, and also how games can be used to bolster math fluency.

Math for Love: mathforlove.com
Prime Climb: primeclimbgame.com
Tiny Polka Dot: tinypolkadot.com
TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytVneQUA5-c
Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics: http://www.hcssim.org/


EP059: Why "making" is the key to learning

Huzefa shares and discusses and article from Edutopia about why the process of creation is so important to learning. Following on the heels of yesterday's episode about makerspaces, Huzefa answers the question of why making and creation stimulates the mind in such an effective way compared to standard modalities of education.

To check out the article, go to http://www.edutopia.org/blog/making-is-essential-to-learning-youki-terada


EP058: Makerspaces: an interactive approach to learning

Huzefa explores the revolutionary and popular approach to learning called Makerspaces, a centralized location for students to collaborate, design, and create based on their unique visions. Huzefa not only defines and discusses these cauldrons of learning, but he also offers 5 ways to make sure that they are well suited to foster creativity and ingenuity for all types of learners.

To check out the article on how to optimize makerspaces, go to http://www.edutopia.org/blog/makerspaces-equal-access-to-learning-laura-fleming-billy-krakower


EP057: Singapore math - a superb elementary pedagogy

Huzefa dives into an amazing methodology for math instruction called Singapore math. After using the curriculum himself for half a year and then attending an immersive workshop run by a Singapore Math expert named Bill Davidson, Huzefa shares everything he has learned to give insights to parents on how to tweak and optimize math instruction to improve fluency, conceptualization, and mastery of mathematics.

To check out Bill Davidson's website, go to http://www.teacherbilldavidson.com/


EP056: TeacherCast's Jeff Bradbury on technology and education

In this information packed episode, Huzefa is joined by education enthusiast and famed podcaster Jeffrey Bradbury, host of the top rated education show TeacherCast and Coordinator of Technology Integration for the Westwood Regional School District. Jeff joins the show to talk about technology and kids and, moreover, how to use technology effectively. Jeff also shares his opinion on video games and whether or not he feels they pose a threat to young kids.

To learn more about Jeff, go to http://jeffreybradbury.com
To check out the TeacherCast podcast, go to http://www.teachercast.net/


EP055: ISEE vocabulary development

Vocabulary is a major component of the ISEE, and in particular is tested directly on the Verbal Reasoning section of the exam. In this episode, Huzefa is joined by education expert Ron Seagal, owner of True Education Solutions, who discusses a plethora of excellent tips to get kids intrinsically excited about developing a robust vocabulary. Ron also shares his tips for the top notch education tools and apps that he uses for his students.

To contact ron, email him at ron@tesbest.com
To check out Wordly Wise, go to http://www.wordlywise3000.com/
To check out Newsela, go to https://newsela.com/


EP054: Birth of a theorem: part 1

This episode explores the Fields Medal, a prize that has been dubbed the Nobel Prize of mathematics. In particular, Huzefa discusses a recently purchased book called the Birth of a Theorem, a fascinating tale about what it's like to be a mathematician. The book is written by Cedric Villani, one of four winners of the Fields Medal in 2010. Huzefa offers a quick rundown of his take on the book thus far, and also shares a lovely excerpt from the book that explains a complex equation used to model the behavior of gases. Tune in to hear the first thoughts on the book after Huzefa barreled through the first hundred pages on his flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and come back to hear his final thoughts after completing this fascinating read.

To check out the book on Amazon, go to https://www.amazon.com/Birth-Theorem-Mathematical-C%C3%A9dric-Villani/dp/0374536678/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469115015&sr=8-1&keywords=birth+of+a+theorem


EP053: The science of faster learning

Huzefa parses and analyzes an amazing article by Zane Claes, author the Skill Cook Book blog and software engineer at Airbnb. Zane reviews a number of amazing and prominent neuroscience studies that offer beautiful insights into hacking and optimizing the learning process for students. Join Huzefa as he not only explains the studies and research contained within Zane's article, but also offers tips and strategies to optimize learning in light of the new data and information.

To check out Zane's blog, go to http://www.skillcookbook.com


EP052: 6 core tips for law school success

While in the midst of lecturing for a Law Preview course, Huzefa offers his 6 tips on how to suceed during the first year of law school. Drawing from his own experiences and what particular regimens allowed him to get the grades to transfer to Northwestern and nab a summer associate position with one of the best patent firms in the world, Huzefa shares the essence of his formula for good grades and ultimate preparedness.

To check out Law Preview, go to http://www.lawpreview.com


EP051: Fashion and mathematics: sitting down with interim CEO of Gilt Group Japan

Huzefa is joined by Jonathan Venuto, the COO and interim CEO of Gilt Japan. Jonathan describes his career path after Harvard Business School, discussing his work as a consultant for Bain, and eventually working for the fashion company Gilt Group. Tune in to hear Jonathan's amazing rise to CEO, and specifically how math has been an integral part of his formula for career success.

To learn more about Gilt Group, go to http://www.gilt.com/