Friday, August 30, 2013

Bullied GHS Student Commits Suicide After 1st Day Of School



...and yet another in a sobering--and seemingly never-ending--line of school/social media-related tragedies.... Click here for the full story....

Monday, August 19, 2013

R.I.P. Caroline Picchio



R.I.P. Caroline Picchio - just another unthinkable tragedy; this time from Rome back in May, 2012,...a frighteningly rising trend of teen suicide brought about via Social Networking. How sad :( 
A jarring reminder of the need for educating both young and old on the pros, cons, and pitfalls of this medium.... Social Networking is here to stay, and it is our responsibility to ensure its proper use. For the original story, click here

For a related story, in this case a teen suicide brought about by the pressures of school, click here.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Reversing Math Negativity With An Attitude Makeover

"Students truly 'get' math when they see it applied in real-life ways they care about—in other words, when they see math as a tool they need and want. This motivation is not promoted in word problems about the number of books or the number of students in a classroom. However, when you give small groups of students 67 toothpicks and some index cards and then ask them to model the pizza party seating problem described earlier, they’ll build the experiential knowledge of a real-world situation where remainders are not helpful. When they consider dividing leftover pieces of pizza into parts, they will see that fractions or decimals are a valuable tool to make the pizza sharing process fair, whereas a 'remainder' would imply that perfectly good pieces of pizza sit in the box because there is no way to divide them."

The above excerpt is taken from the pages of Learning to Love Math, by Judy Willis. Chapter 1. Reversing Math Negativity with an Attitude Makeover can be read online hereThis is one of the most important and impressive articles I’ve seen on math education in a very long time!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Donald In Mathmagic Land



Donald in Mathmagic Land
Through this wonderful animated short adventure by Disney, Donald Duck explains how mathematics can be useful in real life. Through his journey, Donald shows us how mathematics is not just numbers and charts, but magical living things.
“Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the Universe.”
-Galileo

Sunday, August 11, 2013

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