Today was pi day. Yep 3/14. I have always enjoyed algebra. I especially love linear equations. I find them to be fun. Single linear equations and solving systems of linear equations. I didn’t use to like geometry. But this year many of the students I teach are taking geometry. so I have, for the most part, fallen in love with geometry too. Yesterday, a friend from my old town posted a video made by some math teachers at her son’s high school. I thought it was really, really fun to watch…honest, it won’t take long. I know I have posted a lot of videos this week. I am going through a phase, I think. Once we are past St. Patrick’s Day I will post fewer videos and more words. Depending on your preference, I guess you can take that as a promise of a threat ;-).
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This was awesome … anything that gets a kid to actually be interested in math I am for. Personally, I just don’t connect to math and not because I don’t want to. I just don’t get it. LOL. The weird thing is, I actually like trying to figure math out. But, it just doesn’t seem to get in my head. But, this was fun.
a number of my students have started out like that. I have used different colored markers with some of them so they can “track’ different parts of the equation. I have used sandpaper to draw on and have them trace things with their hands (for my kinesthetic learners~ and we have done gigantic equations and shapes on the driveway with chalk so they can ‘act out’ the problems). That has helped them too….i wish you were in phoenix~ maybe i could help!! (now science—-and mechanical drawings….grrr …I don’t get!! 🙂
Gosh … I WISH I had a teacher like you when I was in school. That is amazing. A teacher makes all the difference. My daughter (who was struggling horribly in math) had a teacher like you in 7th grade. It was at that point that she began to actually understand math and even like it. You obviously love teaching and, personally, I think that’s what make a teacher really good at what they do.
I do love teaching. I only tutor one-on-one which I feel is ideal. That way I can cater what I do to fit the specific student. I have taught catechism in the classroom, but not math. But if I did, I have all kinds of ideas gleaned from the best of my past teachers. But really—with math, I find one key way is to use multiple colors to explain various parts of the concept. That helps my students sear it in their minds. Otherwise all the “blah-blah-blah” gets lost in the shuffle. How are you at solving equations and moving stuff around in equations~ does that “lose you” ?
Ah math, my old nemesis. I wish I paid better attention in geometry. My pool game would be better 🙂
I was horrible at geometry in HS — but excellent at algebra….fell in love with calc in college. and I am horrible at pool. But I also have really lousy eye-hand coordination!
What a great idea.
We never have Pi Day in the UK because yesterday was 14/3.
Have you heard of Piku? A poetic form based on Pi and haiku: three lines; count the syllables – three on the first; one on the second; four on the third.
Three lines of
line. Quite easy!
Tilly~ I have NEVER heard of that. That is VERY cool!! I am going to pass that on to the kids I tutor. One of them loves to write poetry, and she will get a true kick out of that! Thank you for passing that on!
Glad to do it! If you need some examples, go to my other blog here: http://imnotaverse.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/dancing-with-pikus/
and here: http://imnotaverse.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/admit-it-you-like-pikus-just-a-little-bit/
thanks~ those are both VERY cool.
OUTSTANDING! A fun way for the kids to learn. Thank you for sharing video will pass on to my grandchildren.
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I bet they will get a kick out of that!
I know this is a day late … but hey … better late than never.
thanks for letting me know. Going to hop over and see it now!
Kate, WOW! My head is spinning, but I LOVE anything about Good Teachers!!! Yay!!! UP!
Oh me too=== I LOVE a good teacher movie or story.
What was that one starring Matthew Perry? He taught the kids to respect themselves, and others–as well as math, I think. Excellent! And also the one with Hilary Swank–“Freedom Writers”! That one is close to my heart, as a writer!
Is this the one? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ron_Clark_Story ? I haven’t seen it, but it looks like what you were talking about.
YES! You’ve got to see it, Kate–it’s Excellent!!!