Math = Love: Don't accidentally transform your lab partner into a fish.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Don't accidentally transform your lab partner into a fish.

I love algebra.  I really do.  My first year of teaching, I taught three different levels of algebra.  Last year, I taught 3 periods of Algebra 1, 2 periods of Algebra 2, and 1 period of Statistics.  Next year, I will teach 3 periods of Algebra 1, 2 periods of Algebra 2, and 1 period of Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus.  I don't teach Geometry, and I honestly don't miss it.  I was a great geometry student in middle school, but I never did care too much for proofs.  And, proofs didn't really grow on me while I was completing my bachelor's of science in pure mathematics, either.  My collegiate experience with writing proofs helped me to gain an understanding of the true beauty of mathematics, but they never came naturally to me.

Every once in a while, I see a geometry lesson idea that makes me want to teach geometry.  Examples include Algebrainiac's Dance Dance Transversal, School of Fisher's If You Give A Mouse A Cookie Project, the Nonagon Song, MissCalcul8's Surface Area Tin Man Project, and Proof Blocks (I realize I just said I don't care for proofs, but I think these would be fun!).

In a perfect world that didn't have high stakes testing and a bazillion standards to cover ever year, I'd love to teach a Geometry class that was 100% motivated by origami.  

My sister recently forwarded me several e-mails that she received from her college.  These would be the perfect thing if I was teaching conditional statements in geometry!  Since I'm not teaching geometry, I'm going to share them with you guys in the hope that someone might find these useful and/or inspiring.

The videos were made by Northeastern State University to persuade students to participate in Priority Enrollment.  The videos are short, clever, and they made me laugh.

Each video is about 40 seconds long, and I encourage you to watch them all.  I'm not sure who made the videos, but they did a really good job.  I really wonder about the background of the creator of these videos.  Math major?  Logician?  If You Give A Mouse A Cookie lover?

I could see myself showing these videos to my students and having them write their own scripts using the if-then structure.  To avoid using too much class time to make their own videos, you could use the Paper Slide Project that I learned about earlier this month from Janelle Graham.  Students could prepare their paper slides as homework, and they could then film them in one take at the beginning of a class period.

Obviously, this would serve as a very basic introduction to if-then statements.  After students have done more work with conditional statements, they could revisit their scripts and write converses, contrapositives, etc.    

Enjoy the videos!  And, share any ideas you have in the comments.   

Don't get disowned.  

Don't get chased across campus by angry mobs.

Don't accidentally transform your lab partner into a fish.

Don't get dumped.

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