This essay was originally written for the MANSW 2014 Annual Conference held in Wollongong on September 12-14.
Lewis Carroll and Charles Dodgson, two men packed into one body in much the same way as the author would pack two meanings into one word in his stories. Martin Gardner, the populist mathematics and science writer, suggested that Carroll’s poem, The Hunting of the Snark, may, in part, have been a satirical autobiography. Taking this proposition as the subject to reason about we use the poem as a mirror to examine what elements, or fits, are needed to provide the elusive spark for effective mathematics learning and teaching.
PDF of Essay: The Hunting of the Spark
PDF of Seminar Presentation: Spark Presentation