Math Teachers at Play #5
[Photo by Alex Kehr.]
Welcome to the Math Teachers At Play blog carnival — which is not just for math teachers! If you like to learn new things and play around with ideas, you are sure to find something of interest. Let the mathematical fun begin…
Now there’s three.
Mate again, now five.
And again, now there’s eight bunnies.
[Now thirteen bunnies, and counting. Mom will be pissed off.]
- Misty shares how her Kids Cooking Ideas Turn into Math Lessons: “Why do a fraction worksheet when you can double a cookie recipe instead?”
- Looking for a fun way to practice math facts? Kathy offers several resources to help Keep Those Skills Fresh Over the Summer…For FREE!
- Researchers say humans aren’t the only animals that do math. Check out Chicks Who Can Add.
[Photo by fdecomite.]
I suppose you are two fathoms deep in mathematics, and if you are, then God help you. For so am I, only with this difference: I stick fast in the mud at the bottom, and there I shall remain.
- Aadel’s children are studying Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Check out her post More Penguins! for a collection of math worksheets and other links.
- Brent Yorgey challenges his readers to try Distributing cookies and explains four possible solutions.
BASIC ALGEBRA & GEOMETRY
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Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
- Kate devises a card game to help her students practice multiplying radical expressions in Build Your Own Worksheet.
- >Jon Ingram shares MA Conference: A circular NRICHing activity: “A fun hour, working through an investigation that was accessible, enjoyable, and has extensions leading in a number of different directions.”
- Jonathan is starting a series on How to teach set theory to freshmen in New York State. Be sure to try his Puzzle: How Many Subsets?
- The guys over at blinkdagger recycle a classic problem in Monday Math Madness #30: Placing Bath Tiles. Send in your answer before next Monday night for a chance to win!
[Photo by Sphinx The Geek.]
A phenomenon that everybody who teaches mathematics has observed: the students always have to be taught what they should have learned in the preceding course… The average student does not really learn to add fractions in an arithmetic class; but by the time he has survived a course in algebra he can add numerical fractions. He does not learn algebra in the algebra course; he learns it in calculus, when he is forced to use it.
- John Cook presents Floating point numbers are a leaky abstraction. This is the first of two blog posts about how computer arithmetic works and what problems to look out for. (Part 2 here.)
- Cherish Maunders accepts the challenge of explaining Fourier Transforms to a 13-year-old who is studying basic algebra.
- MIke Croucher presents Simulating Harmonographs, saying, “This is an old one of mine, but it was quite popular — one blog even used one of the resulting patterns as its logo! The equations are relatively simple and should be accessible to any 16+ maths student (or possibly earlier).”
- Dave Marain announces his MathNotations Second Math Contest (FREE). No middle school teams this time, but if you teach algebra 2 or beyond, you should definitely give this a try.
ABOUT TEACHING MATH
Many teachers are concerned about the amount of material they must cover in a course. One cynic suggested a formula: since, he said, students on the average remember only about 40% of what you tell them, the thing to do is to cram into each course 250% of what you hope will stick.
- I am sure you will enjoy Heather’s observations, re-posted as A Canadian Teacher’s Perspective on Teaching in London, England.
- I like using quotes to encourage or inspire my students — or just to make them laugh. The Les Pook Miscellany has a full page of favorite Quotations.
- Sue VanHattum felt “too tied to the textbook,” so she is encouraging a new approach: Students Learning Through Teaching.
- My entry for this week: Kitten strongly dislikes math when forced to do it on her own, so I’ve started doing Buddy Math with her. I don’t know how it would work in a classroom, but it’s a great method for tutoring or homeschooling.
That rounds up this edition of the Math Teachers at Play carnival. I hope you enjoyed the ride.
The next installment of our carnival will open on Friday, May 1, at I Want to Teach Forever. To contribute, use this handy submission form. Posts must be relevant to students or teachers of preK-12 mathematics. Old posts are welcome, as long as they haven’t been published in past editions of this carnival.
Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.
We need more volunteers. Classroom teachers, homeschoolers, unschoolers, or anyone who likes to play around with math (even if the only person you “teach” is yourself) — if you would like to take a turn hosting the Math Teachers at Play blog carnival, please speak up!