Another week from the world of math:

**1)**Article touting the role of rote memorization in early math education:

**http://tinyurl.com/lj759wd**

**2)**Fawn Nguyen describes the beginning of her classroom school year, as perhaps only she can:

**http://fawnnguyen.com/first-two-days-school/**

**3) LA Times**op-ed on the gender-gap in mathematics:

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-su-women-in-mathematics-20140826-story.html

**4)**Of sheepdogs, herding, and mathematics:

**http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28936251**

**5)**For some reason I've never much cared for Sudoku but do enjoy Ken-Ken, and apparently someone finds the latter useful as a classroom tool as well:

**http://www.mrlsmath.com/free-teaching-tool-kenken-classroom/**

**6)**Evelyn Lamb promotes proofs by contradiction this week at "

*":*

**Roots of Unity**

**http://tinyurl.com/p7dogqr****7)**

**Week wouldn't feel complete without linking to at least one Common Core-related post:**

http://www.mathforgrownups.com/common-core-common-sense-myths-about-the-standards-part-4/

**8)**And in the more-physics-than-math category I'll toss in another fascinating read from Natalie Wolchover and

**Quanta Magazine**on recently discovered "tetra quarks" (particle physics just goes on and on and on!):

http://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/20140827-quark-quartet-fuels-quantum-feud/

**9)**Lastly, I'll re-cite a couple of

*posts from the end of last week for any who missed them, because I thought the short video "*

**Math-Frolic***" was cool (and it involves the Freeman Dyson/Hugh Montgomery interaction I've referenced before):*

**Prime Verite**http://math-frolic.blogspot.com/2014/08/short-film-about-prime-numbers.html

…and the James Tanton video from the day before the above relates to the same notion:

http://math-frolic.blogspot.com/2014/08/epiphanies.html