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Reminder: Question-asking is the engine that drives mathematical investigations. (I like that phrase! It's so true!)

Why a Team Approach for Mathematics Study?

(1) You can only use what you remember!

According to a study carried out by Socony-Vacuum Oil Company (no, I don't have the reference) students retain:

10% of what they read

20% of what they hear

30% of what they see

50% of what they see and hear

70% of what they discuss with others

90% of what they teach someone else


(2) Preparation for the "real world" of work

Here's what principal aerodynamics engineers from Boeing and the Washington State Software Association had to say:

What do we look for in employees?

We hire those who have demonstrated that they...

•Enjoy the process of learning and know how to learn independently

•Thrive on intellectual challenges

•Are creative and flexible in how they solve problems

•Have a good understanding of fundamentals

(mathematics, science, economics, manufacturing)

•Can manage knowledge and information, as well as tasks and things

Can operate effectively in a team environment

Have good communication skills


adapted from a handout of Tamara Veenstra's

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