Things that are Good: A Problem Based Learning Approach in Mathematics

As a teacher in a Project Based Learning (PBL) school, I cherished the projects I created. I worked diligently to ensure that all PBL units I developed were rigorous and engaging. They were oftentimes a beautiful marriage between my Schoolwide Learning Outcomes and my state content standards, a labor of love that took weeks to … Continue reading Things that are Good: A Problem Based Learning Approach in Mathematics

How can we measure the egregiousness of gerrymandering? Geometry, Perimeter, and Area

Artifacts This NY Times article/interview conducted by FiveThirtyEight.com's Nate Silver and David Wasserman, House editor of the Cook Political Report. Particularly this snippet: And/or this slideshow from Slate showing the most gerrymandered congressional districts in the nation. Here's my favorite from Illinois: It's worth noting that by federal law, congressional districts have to be "contiguous." That means … Continue reading How can we measure the egregiousness of gerrymandering? Geometry, Perimeter, and Area

So, what exactly am I supposed to eat? The new MyPlate icon vs. the classic Food Pyramid vs. Geometry.

A month ago, I was considering writing a post on the old (now "old, OLD") food pyramid - you know, the one we all grew up with - and the new (now "old") food pyramid, unleashed in 2005. It would be about area of triangles and trapezoids and Geometry and possibly graphic design. See, here's … Continue reading So, what exactly am I supposed to eat? The new MyPlate icon vs. the classic Food Pyramid vs. Geometry.