And I'm not talking about the fact that he was a math cult leader. The Pythagorean Theorem is a tough one to teach in a "student-driven" or "discovery" fashion. It's not very intuitive. It's not like a high school student will be walking along one day, see a ladder propped up against a building and go, … Continue reading The Problem With Pythagoras

## Congressional seating for SOTU and Discrete Math

Remember when in elementary school when teachers would instruct you to sit “boy-girl-boy-girl?” Well, it appears as if the United States Congress needs to be reprimanded for their childish behavior and must sit “Democrat-Republican-Democrat-Republican.” You see, Colorado Senator Mark Udall made a proposal that during the 2011 State of the Union (SOTU) speech members of … Continue reading Congressional seating for SOTU and Discrete Math

## How big is Mega Maid’s vacuum bag; “Spaceballs”

Artifact Scene from Mel Brooks' classic, Spaceballs. Start off by simply showing it (or any combination of the split scenes) to your students (apologies if there are advertisements, you can skip them in like 5 seconds): Now, I'm not sure if you'd want to show the entire scene in a classroom setting, both because it's rather … Continue reading How big is Mega Maid’s vacuum bag; “Spaceballs”

## Please, make yourself at home

Welcome. This is a blog dedicated to math instruction and curricula. You always hear "Math is Everywhere!" from Math teachers and wall posters that came with their new set of precious textbooks, but often it's more difficult to than you'd hope. And it's even more difficult to get students thinking about Math outside of the Math … Continue reading Please, make yourself at home