Episode: Math Class: Stories about adventures in math education
Pub date: 2020-03-13
This week we present two stories from the math classroom.
Part 1: High school math whiz Tori Ball has always hoped a boy would fall in love with her mind, but when it finally happens, she’s not sure how she feels.
Part 2: High achieving, but superstitious college student Maryam Zaringhalam’s entire system collapses when she misses a calculus test.
Tori Ball is a high school math teacher in Rockville, Maryland. She spends her days taking derivatives, graphing parabolas, and making young people giggle when she says the word “asymptote.” Back when she was a high school student in Rockville, Maryland, Tori’s antics on the morning announcements earned her the nickname “Tori with the Story” – a moniker that remains appropriate to this day. Tori has shared stories on stage in DC with Story District, the Moth, and Perfect Liar’s Club – and is excited for her Story Collider debut!
Maryam is a molecular biologist who traded in her pipettes for the world of science policy and advocacy. She comes to D.C. from the concrete jungles of New York, where she received her PhD from The Rockefeller University. She co-hosts the science policy podcast Science Soapbox, and her words have appeared in Slate, Scientific American, and Quartz. Her cat is named Tesla, after Nikola and not Elon Musk’s car. For insights like this and more, follow her on Twitter @webmz_
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