The sine of a good teacher
“Nobody, really, in the grand scheme of their life cares that much about the area of a triangle.” Fair call, Stephen Woodcock.
Young, witty and forthright, Woodcock isn’t your stereotypical mathematician. Nor has he ever been. Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, the 35-year-old Senior Lecturer admits he was good at maths as a child, “but not any more than other kids. I wasn't like some weird kid who spends all his day doing jigsaws or doing a Rubik's Cube in five seconds.”
No. Woodcock’s first successful attempt at the Rubik’s Cube was much more recent and took at least an hour. “It was over Christmas one year. I was a bit bored, so I decided to read up on an algorithm. I wanted to understand it and then see if I could implement it.”
Today, Woodcock enjoys sharing his love for problem solving with his students. His aim is to get them away from rote learning and pattern recognition and focused on actually understanding problems before solving them.
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