Why This Blog

I think of this blog as a diary of my thoughts about math and math teaching.  I am writing for pleasure – the pleasure in constructing an argument, in following a line of reasoning, in reflecting on classroom happenings and in the very act of writing.  I publish my thoughts
so that I can hopefully have the additional pleasure of reading the insights of my betters and having conversations with interesting people. – Jim Hatton


About jrh794

I am a sixty-five year old math instructor at Southern Oregon University. I taught at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed California for twenty-six years. Prior to that I worked as a computer programmer, carpenter and in various other jobs. I graduated from Rice University in 1967 and have a MS in Operations Research from Stanford. In the past I have hand-built a stone house and taken long solo bicycle tours. Now I ride my mountain bike and play golf for recreation.
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1 Response to Why This Blog

  1. Hi, Jim,

    I am reminded of something I read not too long ago about languages and how some of us are born speaking the language of mathematics or the language of art or that of literary criticism or whatever it is we have an affinity for. We are natives to those countries and the words slide easily from our tongues. We may visit and even live in other countries, but we are not native there, and our tongues struggle with the sounds.

    I find myself awash in fascinating sounds in a world I do not inhabit as I read your post. I love such reminders of our marvelous diversity–so important for those of us who teach to remember.



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