Here’s Looking at Euclid
with Joey Reich
Most math teachers I know get into teaching the subject for one simple reason: they love math. How often, though, does the average math teacher get to learn and explore their inquisitive passion for the subject matter. Between grading tests and homework assignments, meeting students for extra help, and planning lessons, who has time to “do math?”
Come to Santa Fe and explore with us! And what better place to start than with Geometry? In high school math, the subject matter is tossed in between Algebra sections almost as an afterthought, often without connection or context. We teach kids to find area and volume for the SATs, and geometry makes some appearances in Calculus, but that is not why we learn it. We learn Geometry to learn how to think.
In this course, we are going straight back to the source! Euclid wrote his iconic “Elements” almost two and a half thousand years ago, but the concepts that he laid out in those tomes have been subject to scholarly parsing throughout the ages and are still relevant today.
The Elements can be studied in a linear fashion, but in this course, we will explore the interconnected web of ideas that runs through these thirteen books, following the thread of a concept backwards until it hits axiomatic bedrock. We will zoom out to explore the implications of Euclid’s dis
coveries and methods on modern mathematics, and zoom in to uncover the deeper philosophical implications of the wisdom that lies within.
In this 4-day course, we will get our hands dirty working on constructions and break into groups to enjoy discussion based learning and to bounce ideas off of other enthusiastic educators. We will spend some time in the classroom and some time hiking the trails of Northern New Mexico, taking in the fractaline landscape and finding a quiet and inspiring place to do some reading.
Join us to start the year in a community of passionate learners and mathematicians.