Monthly Archives: October 2011

Halloween Math (in global perspective)

One of the benefits of blogging for more than a year is that my post about Halloween from last year is still relevant. That post describes what it’s like on Club Boulevard in Durham, NC, where people who live on … Continue reading

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Learning math from the comics

Today’s Doonesbury cartoon (pictured below) deals with Wall Street executives and their high levels of compensation: I don’t follow the financial world as closely as perhaps I should, so this is the first time I’ve heard of Joe Price and … Continue reading

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Snow Day

When I first started teaching high school in 1995, I showed my students an episode from The Simpsons. It’s titled Bart Gets An F, and if you are curious about more details, you can click that link or rent the … Continue reading

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Connecting current events to ancient times

In a few days, Cary Academy’s middle school is putting on a production of Antigone, the Greek play written by Sophocles about 2400 years ago. For readers unfamiliar with the play, one of the crucial questions it presents is how/whether … Continue reading

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Assignments students care about

In today’s Zits cartoon, Jeremy is stumped by his assignment: This is a funny cartoon (I love Zits)… but it also makes some important points about typical middle and high school assignments… let’s unpack two elements of this cartoon. First, … Continue reading

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The opposite of escape is engage?

The photo below, from today’s New York Times, drew me to read the accompanying article. I mean… it’s not every day you see a little Lego fireman with a fire hose standing on top of a giant Lego dinosaur… I … Continue reading

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Young people changing the world

This summer, I met two remarkable 2011 graduates of Elon College, Jesse and Natalie (pictured below). At Elon, they were part of an honors program called Periclean Scholars. As undergraduates, they studied Sri Lanka for several years. As seniors, their … Continue reading

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