Andrew Wiles proving Fermat's Last Theorem is one of the major mathematical breakthroughs in modern times, and it is encouraging for students to witness one of the mathematical greats as he walks through the failures and triumphs of his journey. The BBC documentary on his proof is inspiring, and shows students that the subject of mathematics is not dead!
I created an entire lesson plan around the BBC documentary, including warm-up, video notes, and an exit slip--and it is ready for you to print and go! This lesson encourages students to think about mistakes in a new way, to persevere when math gets hard, and to understand that mathematical breakthroughs are still happening today--and they can be a part of that!
This lesson is great for a sub lesson plan, a beginning of the year activity, or whenever you want to get your students excited about the fact that mathematics is not a dead subject—there are exciting breakthroughs still happening today!
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