First of all I had an absolute blast today. I went to a conference (more of speakers with free food but nonetheless) today about bridging the gaps between the arts, acedemics, and sports. The main speaker is a VP, baseball coach, and was a math teacher. He started off by saying teachers as a whole statistically struggle to bridge the gaps between sports, arts, and acedemics. For instance we have a hard time connecting math to painting. But they're all fundamentally connected. For instance, there's a chemical formula for the paint. There's mathematical equation that shows how much of each pigment to get this color. We make connections like rocket science, sending a rocket into space, but we come up short providing real world examples that has an effect on our students lives. For instance he was saying that baseball is an incredibly mathematical game and how it's played gives us easy to record stats. But we don't take it the extra step and show how baseball is a coordinated controlled dance from one team to the next. Or for instance marching band is an easy link to sports. But sometimes we don't explain the math behind the sets and the physics behind the sound. He went on to say that as teachers, if we can bridge that gap, the three areas become easier to teach and learn. They clump together and most students find it interesting about the stuff behind what they're learning. Real world connections that make sense to them. Overall it was really interesting.