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Brazil: Wonder Woman of Mathematics Nurtures a Global Circle of Discovery

By Milan Sime Martinic

The students at the Escola Americana de Brasilia come to speak to their teacher Tifin Calcagni for help with math problems. She provides no answers but asks questions that lead the students to carve a path to the answer.

Mistakes will be made, explains Calcagni; they will go down the wrong rabbit hole, but they will discover the singular enchantment of mathematics. It is a radical new concept in teaching mathematics. She is training her students to think through uncertainty to discovery without being told how to it or to follow what someone else did.

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