I don’t talk a lot about math here, mostly because I am just okay at it. Don’t get me wrong, I love it but upper division college math smacked into me that I am NOT a naturally inclined advanced mathematician. That is, though, why I love it. I took math in college because I wanted the challenge. Here are some recent things I have been loving in math:
- Unions and intersections! Man I didn’t really get these until I started teaching here but now I LOVE them. I just taught one of my classes how to play set (which if you aren’t teaching you should) then we did unions, intersections, and probability using the deck.
- Trig and the unit circle. Trig is just amazing, how simple and useful and cool it is. I have convinced about half my students that radians are better than degrees. BAM!
- Projectile motion and graphing calculators. Seriously, I love a kid who adjust a window properly.
- Combinatorics. The fact that I get to teach this is making my life better.
Lastly, I love how smart math makes my students feel because every kid should feel that way everyday. (sappy ending)
2 thoughts on “Math.”
When I introduce students to radians, we refer to degrees as their ex-boyfriend/girlfriend. Like all exes, he/she will try to call or text, and students will be tempted to answer by putting their calculators back into degrees. They need to resist the temptation; they’ve moved on, and are in a more “rad” relationship.
Oh my god I LOVE everything about that.