March Dinner Meeting

March 6, 2020
Eli Luberoff
Creating Interesting Ways for Students to be Right and Wrong
(Fountain Blue Banquets)

Correct math depends on right answers. But meaningful math celebrates both right and wrong answers, allowing students to intrepidly explore and express their reasoning in varied and interesting ways. In this session, we’ll examine high- and low-tech ways for teachers to celebrate diverse work and build on student thinking in every form.

Eli Luberoff is the creator and CEO of Desmos, the free online graphing calculator and educational tool. He began his programming life on his TI-83 graphing calculator in elementary school, culminating with a working version of Monopoly (which was destroyed when he removed the backup battery accidentally). He began working on the software that would become Desmos.com during a year-long hiatus from Yale University in 2007, returning to graduate summa cum laude with degrees in mathematics and physics in 2009. In 2011, Eli was also selected by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the top 25 entrepreneurs under 25. For as long as Eli Luberoff can remember, he’s been an informal tutor, helping friends and family with homework. Back in his hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts, he remembers occasionally doing his brother’s math homework in elementary school in return for a ride to KFC. His motivation (aside from food) has always been a love for teaching. He started tutoring professionally in high school and has been a volunteer/peer/professional tutor ever since. Desmos was born out of Luberoff’s own experiences as a math tutor, when he noticed that his younger students were still using the same calculator he had used in school a decade prior. “It blew my mind—because everywhere else, they’re walking around with supercomputers in their pockets, but in this, they’re still using the same thing,” he says.

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