The 5×5 Grid Game or FUN on the day before vacation!

I will just start by saying that I did not create this fun math game. I didn’t even find it! A member of my awesome math team emailed everyone a link to a math teacher’s blog, in which she explained the 5×5 game. I’ll sum it up here, but definitely go check out her blog. She has a lot of great ideas! http://saravanderwerf.com/2015/12/13/5×5-most-amazing-just-for-fun-game/ Let’s start by discussing the day before vacation in middle school. Ugh. The kids are either excited or anxious or both. And that doesn’t translate into an excellent learning environment. When I taught in the Catholic schools the day before vacation was very ritualized….we would have church, we would have traditional parties organized by the parents, etc. It was still tiring and the kids were still super amped up, but at least there was some structure provided by the nature of the day. In public school, where Read More →

Teaching area of complex shapes

Today I saw the movie, The Martian. Unbelievable. I had read the book. I knew it was going to be good. But I don’t think I’ve ever been on such a math high before! If you are a math teacher, you are probably among the people in this world who can understand how completely amazing it is to see Math Damon, huge on the big screen, saying (something like), “You’re going to die. You can die or you can do the math. Just solve one problem and then solve the next one. Do the math.” I think he said, “Just do the math” like 6 times in that movie! So great! I think we may start having a Martian math problem of the week…. I’m getting ready to correct my quizzes for last week. I always correct quizzes over the weekend. Probably sounds sort of appalling to many people but Read More →