Math = Love: 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Things Teenagers Say: Volume 24

So, I've decided that my motivation of late for blogging is pure procrastination.  At the moment, I'm procrastinating on cleaning my house by typing up this post.  The washer and dryer are both running at the moment, so this still counts as being totally productive, right? ;)

Also - where has this semester gone?!?  Just a few more days until Christmas Break!  I don't know how I'm going to cope with not hearing crazy things come out of the mouths of teenagers for a couple of weeks...

Previous Volumes:
Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 | Volume 4 | Volume 5  
Volume 6 | Volume 7 | Volume 8 | Volume 9 | Volume 10
Volume 11 | Volume 12 | Volume 13 | Volume 14 | Volume 15
Volume 16 | Volume 17 | Volume 18 | Volume 19 | Volume 20
Volume 21 | Volume 22 | Volume 23

While playing review Jeopardy...

Student: But, Ms. Hagan, you're not even playing.
Me: Hello! I'm Alex Trebek.
Student: Who is that?
Me: [No words...]


Ms. Hagan, I think you should be an Aztec warrior.


When you were little, did you lick the television when Veggie Tales came on?



Student: I sound more like a parakeet than a goat.


Student: Do you know how many letters are in the word perfect? 7. Do you know what else has 7 letters? 
Me: Ms. Hagan.


Student: Ms. Hagan, are you Internet famous?  Did you know most internet famous people sit at home eating chips and petting their cats?  I bet you sit at home eating chips and petting your plants.


Student comment while I was typing:

You sound like a newspaper maker. 


Really? Math on Halloween?!? That is NOT fair.


Student 1: Do you just go home and sit in your room and do math?
Me: Yes. (Sarcastically)
Student 1: Really?
Me: No.  Guys, I really do have a life.
Student 1: Yeah.  You have cats.
Student 2: Actually, she has plants.  Get it right!


Melted cheese fills the crack in a broken heart.


If your boyfriend breaks up with you, are you going to start giving us lots of homework?


Student: Ms. Hagan, did you know that there are different Americas?
Me: What do you mean there are different Americas?
Student:  Guys, Ms. Hagan didn't know that there are three different Americas either.
Me: And, what are the three different Americas?
Student: Well, there's North America, South America, and America America.  Did you really not know that?!?
Me: I knew that.  Did you just learn that?
Student: Yes.  But, what I don't get is why isn't Africa also named America?


If I make a B on this quiz, I'm going to kiss you.


Student: Look at my arm!
Me: Oh no.  What did you do?
Student: Well, I was chasing a donkey down the road on my motorcycle...


Student: Ms. Hagan, is it against your religion to wear jeans every day?
Me: No.  You do know that teachers are only allowed to wear jeans on Fridays, right?
Student:  But, you could still wear pants or slacks.  Instead, you wear dresses and skirts every day.
Me:  I was wearing slacks yesterday.
Student:  The way you dress is old and boring looking.
Me: Okay then...


Student 1: How do you spell pedophile?
Student 2: Just google it.  I google how to spell pedophile all the time.


This isn't a cheat sheet.  A cheat sheet would give me the answers.  This is a think sheet.


Student: Ms. Hagan, I took a picture of your house this weekend.
Me: That's kinda creepy.
Student: Do you want to see?
Me: Sure.
Student: [Shows Picture on Phone]
Me: That's not my house.
Student: Oh, I knew that.  But, the house had five cats in the front yard so it made me think of you.


Instead of chocolate, your boyfriend could buy you a bouquet of celery.


It's not called stalking.  It's called following your dreams.


Do you know what's dumber than a box of rocks?  A box of sticks.


Student: Ms. Hagan, I think I need to get a life.
Me: Why?
Student: Because I've started going home and doing math.


He's not late; he's fashionably not present.


I'd rather eat a human than a cat or dog if I was starving.


Student 1: You can't boil stuff in the bath tub.
Student 2: Yes you can.  Just our gasoline in and set it on fire.


One student to another: He called you "sweetheart."  That means he is too old for you.  You just got friend-zoned.


Student 1: Who's Noah?
Student 2: Noah and the Ark.
Student 1: I've never seen that movie.
Student 2: It's in the Bible.


I love kangaroos.  They have that pouch.  I just want to climb inside that pouch.


My gum told me to not listen to you for the next ten minutes.


One student to another: If you get that close to my face again, I'm going to assume you want me to kiss you.  So, I'm going to lick your face.


When you trip and fall and the spaghetti falls out of your pocket...


Do you know what I found out?  There's a day called Daughter's Day.  My parents have been hiding this fact from me.  My mom gets Mother's Day, and my dad gets Father's Day.  They each get their own special day.  I should get my own special day.  I mean, I'm so special.  I'm like the 2nd Baby Jesus.  I'm the Virgin Mary of 2014.


What would you have to do to be in a math play?
You'd have to "addition." 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Things Teenagers Say: Volume 23

I'm thinking that maybe I should rename "Things Teenagers Say" to "Chronicles of the Crazy Cat Lady Who Doesn't Actually Own a Cat" or something like that...  

You know things are bad when a reporter spends a day in your classroom, and your students tell said reporter about the fact that you are a crazy cat lady.  The reporter then asks the students just how many cats you own.  Zero.  Confusion follows.  Confusion and laughter.  

Previous Volumes:
Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 | Volume 4 | Volume 5  
Volume 6 | Volume 7 | Volume 8 | Volume 9 | Volume 10
Volume 11 | Volume 12 | Volume 13 | Volume 14 | Volume 15
Volume 16 | Volume 17 | Volume 18 | Volume 19 | Volume 20
Volume 21 | Volume 22

Our FACS program includes a class on Marriage and Family.  One of the major projects students complete is planning and carrying out an entire wedding and wedding reception.  The class votes on two students to get married.  Other students in the class serve as bridesmaids and groomsmen.  Committees are formed to decorate for the wedding and the reception.  It's actually a big undertaking.  On the morning of the wedding, my class asked if we could postpone our lesson for fifteen or so minutes to attend the nuptials.  

Student:  Can we go to the fake wedding?
Me: I was really planning on us doing a math lesson today.
Student: But, I hear there's going to be cats in the goodie bags.


Written on the cover of a student's algebra notebook:

Satan's Class... Welcome to Hell!



You're right. I'm wrong. Let's eat pie.


If you DM every girl in the state of Oklahoma, no one is going to date you.


You're the only mean teacher in this school.

And, this is what I get for insisting we do math instead of watching a movie on the last two days before Thanksgiving Break...


Your definition of fun and our definition of fun are not the same.


Ms. Hagan, you won't live past the age of 25 if you give us homework on your birthday.


Student 1: Tuck your shirt in. You look like a hillbilly.
Student 2: No he doesn't. He looks snazzy.


Ms. Hagan, you're a mathaholic. You need rehab.


I always knew Pi Girl was a villain.


Student 1: Ms. Hagan, I saw something at the store, and it made me think of you.  So, I took a picture of it.  Do you want to see it?  
Me: Sure.  I'd love to know what made you think of your math teacher in the store.  
Student 1: It's a baby onesie.  If you had a baby, I would totally buy this onesie for them.  It has a cat on it, and it says, "Meow's it going?"  
Student 2: Wouldn't it be better to get Ms. Hagan's baby a mathematical onesie?  A onesie with a fraction on it would be adorable!  I wonder if they make those...


You should do the right thing and date her best friend.


Student 1: Ms. Hagan, did you know that I am addicted to shoes?  I have over 400 pairs.  
Me: No.  
Student 2:  Guys, I bet Ms. Hagan is the same way with plants as [Student 1] is with shoes.
Me: Guys, I seriously don't have that many plants.
Student 2:  I bet you have so many plants your house looks like a rainforest inside.  
Student 1:  Ooooh, you could paint all of your cats to look like tigers. Then, it would look like you had tigers wandering around in your rainforest.  
Me:  Y'all are never going to believe me when I say that I don't own any cats are you?


If you could have an affair with any married celebrity,who would it be?


Me: Class, I have sad news.  
Student: Did your cat die?  

So, I said this first hour.  This was not the response I was hoping for.  So, I tried it again to see if my next class would give me the same response.  Second hour, a student asked the same question.  Third hour, the same question. Fourth hour, I forgot to ask.  Fifth hour, another student asked me if my cat had died.  Sixth hour, the same thing happened all over again.


Ms. Hagan is a totally different person now that she has a boyfriend. I can't even look at her the same way now. It's like we know we're not first in her life anymore...


I'd rather cheat off you than cheat on you. 


I just had a realization. All old people are is fermented babies.


Let me see what you're doing in Algebra 2 so I can decide if I want to drop out or not.


If your boyfriend breaks up with you, there are plenty of other coordinates on the plane.


You being sarcastic is you saying you're good at math.

And, yes, this was directed at me.  #OUCH  


You made this?!? I didn't think you ever did anything except eat lettuce.


Dude, I've been baeless forever. You've been baeless for 3 days.


I have handwriting like a dinosaur, man!


You should get a pet bunny.  Then, you guys could share your food.  

Friday, December 5, 2014

Trigonometry Unit 2 Interactive Notebook Pages

Hi guys.  I am so behind in posting stuff from this school year.  So, so, soooooooo behind.

Here's what Unit 2 ended up looking like in my trig class.  I posted Unit 1 back in September.  Unit 1 was mainly a review of algebra and geometry.  Unit 2 was the start of actual trigonometry!  Yay!    

Our geometry standards include basic right triangle trig, but I've found that my students' experience with this topic is greatly lacking.  They remember learning SOHCAHTOA, but they never really did know what they were doing.  It's been so fun to teach them trig from the beginning and see the light bulbs start to go off.  "Oh, this is what we were supposed to do in geometry!  Why didn't they ever tell us it was this simple?!?"

Before I introduced my students to the basic trig ratios, I wanted to make sure we were all on the same page when it came to naming the parts of a right triangle.  My students had a hard time wrapping their minds around the difference between the adjacent side and the opposite side for some reason.  

We made a simple three-door foldable with the formulas for sine, cosine, and tangent.

Inside the flaps:

My students referenced this foldable A LOT!  In fact, they're still referencing during our unit on the unit circle.

Thanks to Meg, I learned about the song Gettin' Triggy Wit It by WSHS on YouTube.

If you haven't seen this video, stop everything and watch it now.  I'll even be nice and embed it for you. :)

My students enjoyed the video the first time we watched it, but they had a hard time understanding a few of the lyrics.  So, I printed the lyrics off for them the next day to glue in their interactive notebooks.  In the future, I would print these off and have students draw example problems on the paper as they watched it.

The page unfolds to show the rest of the lyrics.

One of my students apparently got in trouble by the cheerleading coach for dancing like the students in the video.  She was told that the dance moves were inappropriate...  Of course she threw me under the bus and said "Well my math teacher taught it to me."

Now that we knew how to find the basic trig ratios, it was time to start thinking about radians.

I don't ever remember really learning what a radian was when I took trig in high school.  I'm sure my teacher told me, but I guess it didn't really stick.  We're going to be dealing with radians a lot, and I decided I didn't want my students to flip out every time radians were mentioned.

Naturally, I turned to google.  Let's just say I am a frequent google user.  Some people in town refer to me as "Google Girl" because I use google so much.  :)

SEARCH: "What is a radian?"

I quickly found a great discovery activity that involved circles and pipe cleaners and tracing and cutting and folding paper and basically everything I love and adore in life.

I would link you to the actual activity I used, but I actually ended up combining what I liked from five or six different resources.

Step 1: Raid your kitchen cabinets for every circular lid you can find.

Step 2: Instruct each student to pick a lid when they enter the classroom.

Step 3: Trace your lid onto colored paper.

Step 4: Cut out the circle. Fold it in fourths to find the center.

Step 5: Mark the center of the circle.

Step 6: Cut a pipe cleaner the same length as the radius of the circle.

Apparently, pipe cleaners are now called "fuzzy sticks."  What is up with that?!?

Step 7: Draw in the radius on the circle.  Line up the pipe cleaner with the edge of the radius.

Step 8: Start wrapping the pipe cleaner around the circumference and marking where it stops.

Step 9: Divide the circle into sections based on your markings.

If students have attended to precision, They should end up with 6 equal sized sections plus a tiny left over section.

Glue the circle in your notebook.

Define a radian as the angle that has an arc length equal to the radius of the circle.

I wasn't planning on this, but my students decided we needed to glue our pipe cleaners to the radius.  They turned out looking pretty cool!

We wrote in the definition of a radian.

Then, we set about figuring out just how many degrees are in a radian.  If there were just the six equal sized sections, how many degrees would a radian be?  360 degrees divided by 6 is 60 degrees.  But, there are six sections AND a little section, so each section must be less than 60 degrees.

We decided to set up a proportion to determine just how many degrees are in a radian.  Okay.  Let's be honest.  It was my idea to do this, not my students' idea.  But, they did go along with it, so I guess it still counts.  At least, that's what I'm telling myself.  ;)

Before we could set up a proportion involving radians, we needed to review the formula for circumference of a circle.  When I asked my trig students for the formula for circumference, they gave me the formula for area of a circle.  They told me that "pi r squared" was the only circle formula that they knew... #sigh

When looking for information online regarding teaching radians, I ran across a song to sing that features the formula for circumference of a circle.  There's just something about song that helps me remember things.  And, I assume that some of my students are like that, too.  They decided we should write the lyrics for the circumference song in our notebooks.  It's a simple song set to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.  Circumference equals 2 pi r."  Isn't that the most brilliant thing you've ever heard in your life?!?

They remembered from geometry and our geometry review earlier in the year that a circle is equivalent to 360 degrees.  And, the circumference of a circle is 2*pi*r.  We eventually found that a radian is approximately 57.296 degrees.  

I'm hoping that this activity helps my students to never fear when the word radian appears.

After learning what a radian was, it was time to learn how to convert between radians and degrees.  We made a much-referenced foldable over this.

Outside of Radians to Degrees and Degrees to Radians Foldable:

Inside of Foldable:

Close up of radians to degrees notes/examples:

Close up of degrees to radians notes/examples:

The next page is one of my favorites.  If I'm I may have created this page in order to have an excuse to use a brad in our notebooks.  Does that sound like a crazy thing to do?  It probably is.  It's definitely a long story...

I had students cut out the initial side and terminal side for their angle out of card stock.  The initial side was glued down on the x-axis.  The terminal side of the angle was attached to the paper with a brad.  Apparently, these are called "paper fasteners" in other countries.

Once students had constructed their handy, dandy, spinny angle page, I asked each student to move their terminal side to form a 45 degree angle.  Then, I instructed them to take a look at the angle formed by their neighbor.  They soon realized that some students had made their 45 degree angle in the first quadrant, and others had made their angles in the fourth quadrant.  This led to an awesome discussion.

We added notes to our page regarding how to graph positive/negative angles.

I had the bright idea to make a card sort for my students over coterminal angles.  They were going to write the definition of coterminal angles.  Then, I was going to give them a page with all kinds of angle measures.  They would sort them into groups that were coterminal with one another.  Then, they would take a blank square and write an additional angle that was coterminal with the other angles in the group.

This. Did. Not. Go. Well.

And, I'm not really sure why.  

Next up, some pretty boring notes about reference angles.  Sorry, nothing exciting on this page.

 I stole the bowtie idea off of pinterest.

The last standard for students in this unit was to be able to find the trig ratio of angles formed by various ordered pairs.

I think I could have done a better job of writing out these steps.  Maybe next time I teach trig I will make these steps clearer...

We took a piece of graph paper and folded it into a poof book.  This let us fit three practice problems onto our page.  I let students pick ordered pairs for the class to work with.  I would choose the quadrant, and students could pick any ordered pair in that quadrant.  This prevented all of our examples from being in the first quadrant.

First Quadrant Example:

Second Quadrant Example:

Third Quadrant Example:

Want to download the files from this unit?  Click here.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Things Teenagers Say Volume 22

Happy Thanksgiving!  I know I have so much to be thankful for this year.  One thing I'm thankful for is that not a day goes by where my students don't make me laugh.  So, I think it's only fitting to share some things teenagers say today.  :)

Previous Volumes:
Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 | Volume 4 | Volume 5  
Volume 6 | Volume 7 | Volume 8 | Volume 9 | Volume 10
Volume 11 | Volume 12 | Volume 13 | Volume 14 | Volume 15
Volume 16 | Volume 17 | Volume 18 | Volume 19 | Volume 20
Volume 21

In high school, my trig teacher taught me to use the sentence "All students take calculus" to remember which trig ratios were positive in each quadrant of the coordinate plane.  I told my students that they were free to create their own sentence.  I was kinda hoping that creating their own sentence would help it stick in their brains a little better.  Here's what they came up with:

Satan always tempts children.  [Then, we had to discuss how the letters needed to reflect the numbering of the quadrants...]
Adults sometimes tickle children.
All selfies; too cute.
All sisters talk crap.
Aliens sometimes take cows.


Note to self.  Don't wear all black to school.  Your students will ask all sorts of crazy questions?  

Student 1: Why are you wearing all black today?  Did your cat die?
Me: [Sigh] I don't own a cat.
Student 1: Well, you don't own a cat now.  It died.
Student 2: Guys, maybe her plant died.  Maybe that's why she's wearing all black.

In another class:

Why are you wearing all black  Did you run over a cat on your way to school?  I bet you left your house dressed all colorfully like you normally are.  Then, you ran over a cat and went back to your house to put on black clothes in mourning.  

Student 1: I know why you're wearing all black.  You're actually a werewolf.  
Student 2: Wait - Ms. Hagan can't be a werewolf.  She doesn't eat meat.
Student 1: She must be a vegewolf, then. 


Student: Can you PEMDAS this for me?
Me: What?!?
Student: Oh, I meant can you DESMOS this for me?
Me: Of course! :)


Sure. My number is 918-BACK-OFF.


Student 1: If I buy you a cat can I have an A?
Student 2: What if I buy you three cats, could I have an A?
Student 3: What if I buy you a boyfriend?
Student 4: What if I buy you a plant?


Student: Did you meet your boyfriend at church?
Me: No.
Student: Well, that means you can't marry him then.


Pi Girl is mean.


Would you still love me if I had ebola?


Stop "Not Yetting" and start writing "Almost There."


I just got strangled by a ghost in Ms. Hagan's class.


Do you know what my dad calls people who don't eat meat?  Un-American


A misdemeanor isn't THAT bad.


I sent a girl a direct message on twitter.  I told her that I had looked through her insta photos, and it looked like she was suffering from a lack of Vitamin "ME." 


Your patience is really short right now.  I think you should lengthen it. 


If you were an angle, you'd be an acute one.  


She ain't Chef Boyardee or Paula Deen. 


I hope the desk breaks and he breaks his pelvis bone. 


I've got chemistry on my hand.


If you're wondering why I wrote "elims" on my homework, it's "smile" spelled backwards.


Wow Ms. Hagan.  You have a good mind.  Sometimes.


Wow, in five years, you're going to be 30!  


Student 1: Look at Ms. Hagan, all bundled up.
Student 2: Yeah, she's like a little vegan burrito over there. 


Do you know what?  I've never seen an ugly twin in my life.  I wonder if they even exist. 


I hate twins.  [Said by a twin.]


I saw that homework you're going to give us today.  And, I want to punch you in the forehead because of it.  

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Perfect Square Birthday

Hi guys!  So, I realize my blog has been a lot quieter this school year than in the past.  There are several reasons for that.  Teaching.  Grad School.  Life.  If you're really nosy, there's a clue hidden somewhere in this blog post. ;)

The big news for the week is that I celebrated my 25th birthday yesterday in grand style.  Yes, I'm super happy about having my age be a perfect square.  It's going to be quite some time before this happens again!  It's the math teacher in me that's super excited.  Sorry, I just can't help it.  :)  Last year was my first year to actually teach on my birthday, and I blogged about it.  So, I decided I simply had to continue the tradition this year.

I may also have been building up the fact that this is my golden birthday year since the first day of school.  We've only been counting down for my birthday since August... (And, if you're like I was a year ago, you might not know what a golden birthday is.  It's when your age and the day of the month you were born on match.)    

If you've read last year's birthday post, two of my students baked me a cake and gave me a birthday girl ribbon.  This year, they topped that.  First, they gave me a birthday girl sash.  And, yes, I wore this around ALL DAY long.  I did get some funny looks from other teachers in the hall...  I think they were just jealous of my stylish sash. ;)

This sash was accompanied by what may be the best, most math-y birthday cake.  Ever.  

Okay.  I have a feeling that I'm going to have to explain this cake for it to make any sense at all.  One of the big things I teach my Algebra 2 students to do is to simplify radical expressions.  In building up to this, I re-teach my students to find the prime factorization of numbers.  Factor trees are a bit too messy and disorganized for me.  I feel like it's easy for students to miss some of the factors when they right their answers from the tree.  So, I prefer to teach my students the "Birthday Cake Method of Prime Factorization".  

The number you are trying to fine the prime factorization of goes on the bottom layer of your cake.  On the outside of the bottom layer, write a prime number that divides into the bottom layer.  Perform the division and write the quotient as the next layer.  Continue writing prime numbers that divide into each layer on the outside until a 1 appears on top of the cake.  We call this the "birthday candle."  And, I make a HUGE deal of drawing a flame on my one every single time.  

Last year, I actually had my Algebra 2 students find the prime factorization of my age.  But, let's be honest, 24 has a much more exciting prime factorization than 25.  

So, my students took this birthday cake method and made me a literal birthday cake out of it.  How cool and creative is that?!?  

My boyfriend surprised me with this gorgeous vase of colorful roses.  So sweet and thoughtful.  The flowers were admired all day long by me and everybody that saw them.  As I write this blog post, they're sitting on my coffee table.  And, I find myself legitimately distracted from time to time by their beauty.  

And, this was just the start of celebrating.  Let's just say that I consumed waaaaaaayyyy too much sugar yesterday.

There were birthday brownies to be had.

And, chocolate birthday pie.  

I can't forget the birthday cookies either.  They came with a pretty sweet mathematical card, too.  

I think we should totally start using infinity symbols instead of dashes when we write.  Anybody else in?  

There was a birthday cupcake.  

A birthday mug.  

Google even got in the birthday spirit and showed me a special birthday search screen.  At first, I thought it was a coincidence.  But, hovering over the image made it say "Happy Birthday Sarah."  

Kinda creepy.  Kinda cool.  Google knows a lot about its users, I guess.  I shouldn't be surprised when it uses some of that information.  

Then, there were the birthday messages on the dry erase board.  

These two are supposed to be me.  My main takeaway?  I have an awesome sense of fashion.  

One class changed their twitter status to wish me a happy birthday.  

This next birthday message was slightly more interesting.  

Can you read what it says under the smudge?  "I don't think you're preggy btw."  How nice.  I appreciate that.  Of course, this is from the same student who interrupted class last week to ask, "Can I ask you a personal question?  I don't want you to get mad at me when I ask.  I don't want you to think that I'm saying you look fat."  If my students are anything, they are definitely honest.  They say whatever comes into their minds.  (And, for the record, I am not pregnant.)    

Don't I just make teaching teenagers seem like the best job in the world?!?  

Here are a couple of birthday cards that made me smile.    

Of course, I guessed "Happy Birthday."  I had a feeling it was too easy of a puzzle.  

I was wrong.  And, I ended up hanging the poor stick guy.  

No words.  No words.  

 Math made an appearance in this card which made me super happy.

P.S. Don't forget the pi.  How cute is that?!?

 And, I feel like I've only just started to mention all the awesome things that people did to make my 25th birthday my best birthday yet.  Phone calls.  Text messages.  Facebook messages.  Tweets.  E-mails.  Birthday cards.  Hearing a student yell "Happy Birthday" across the parking lot before I can even take a few steps from my car.

 God has blessed me so much.  So so so much.