Good Teaching: Can you know it when you see it? In this essay, Sam discusses why he
believes that good teaching cannot be recognized by merely seeing someone teach.
In making this argument, some of Sam's own values about teaching come to light.
Characterizing Disciplines from Within and Without Do popular perceptions of academic
disciplines align with expert's perceptions of their own disciplines? In this outreach
project, Sam responds to this question with respect to mathematics but also discusses
it with friends from other disciplines.
On Authority: The bible, mathematics textbooks, and reform Mathematics is often seen
as an authoritative discipline with mathematics textbooks being the ultimate authority
in mathematics classrooms. Sam explores this issue by drawing analogies between mathematics
textbooks and the bible -- one of the most important authoritative texts in history.