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Mathematics Course Writer at Brilliant.org

About Brilliant

Effective learning is active, not passive. Brilliant helps people around the world master concepts in math, science, and computer science by solving fun, challenging problems. Over 6 million members have joined Brilliant to learn from our community wiki and subscription courses. To understand more about our approach, read our principles, educator bios, and testimonials

The role

As a Mathematics Course Writer, you will design learning experiences (centered around problem solving) that introduce topics at a wide range of experience levels: from visualizations of basic algebraic identities to extracurricular topics in logic, knot theory, and analysis. You'll play a key role in the growth of an exceptional body of content.

Specifically, you will:

  • Write delightful content that teaches how to make sense of math ‘from the ground up.’
  • Work with illustrators, animators, and programmers to create visuals and interactive demonstrations that make the concepts tangible!

  • Challenge the current school curriculum standards and experiment with new teaching methods and narratives for introducing 6th grade - college-level math content.  

  • Build a curriculum that focuses far more on general problem-solving skills than on formulae and memorized procedures.

  • Develop a narrative voice that empowers learners while distilling complex topics down to their components.

  • Provide a sense of what makes each new skill useful and predict what misconceptions and and misapplications might be the likely culprits of confusion when this skill is in use.

This is a remote work position.

 

Who are you?

  • Have a strong grounding in mathematics that extends beyond the traditional curricular journey through Algebra, Geometry, and Calculus.

  • Have an excellent sense of what makes an explanation or example great. Teaching experience is an added (but not required) bonus.

  • Are knowledgeable about active learning (learning by doing, instead of listening to lectures).

  • Want to share the sense of empowerment that comes from knowing that you’re able to work out the answer to challenging questions!

  • Have a strong command of English grammar and usage.

  • Are available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week, or want to apply as a summer intern and work full time (40-45 hours per week) for 3-4 months.

To land an interview, please include (in addition to your resume):

  • Part 1: What experience do you have teaching, tutoring, or writing about mathematics? (If you have a blog or online lessons, please share the link, we’d love to check it out!)

  • Part 2: Sample Assignment: The Active Learning Model  

    An “active learning” experience is one in which every new idea or vocabulary unit is near-immediately applied. “Memory and understanding are the residue of thought and application.”   

    Instructions: Write a 1-2 page introduction to one of the topics below that mixes brief and concise explanations with plenty of active problem solving. Please include at least 3 problems in the sequence and 2-3 illustrations (or sketches for illustrations). Here’s an example from the introduction to “Calculus Done Right” (your introduction can either be formatted as a PDF writeup or as a Keynote/Powerpoint file).

    Topic options (you may narrow the topic down to a specific sub-skill or question if you’d like):

    • Inverse Proportionality

    • Thales’ Theorem

    • The NAND Operation

    • The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra

    • Simpson’s Paradox

    • The Cauchy-Schwarz Inequality

    • Cauchy Sequences

  • Part 3: In 1-3 paragraphs, review your own work: what are its strengths and weaknesses.  Be critical, but also be bold in explaining what your aspirations were for the sequence and how specific parts of the sequence are aligned to that.

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