Math is FUN! (ha!)

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  1. Tigers

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    I don't think they realize they are doing it. They just continue on trying to finish something that will inevitably go on forever. I bet they don't even know they are irrational until...hey, wait a minute...you don't suppose...no we couldn't be...forget I ever mentioned it. :D
     
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    Forever more?
     
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    I think I'll stay here.
     
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    Indeed, to infinity and beyond :)
     
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    Among the ravin' lunatics?
     
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    You. :angel:
     
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    Because "i" say so.
     
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    A recent survey showed that four out of three people have trouble with fractions....
     
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    Life was so uncomplicated two months ago.

    I've been teaching decimals for four days now. The kids are having a really tough time understanding how they're different from whole numbers. I've been telling them there's always an invisible decimal point after the whole number in the ones place, etc. Finally today I said, okay, see this number in the ones place? There's a decimal point in "stealth mode" right beside it--and they got it! They understand stealth mode! and now they get why the numbers get smaller and smaller on the other side...
     
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    Brava, 'k8r!
     
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    Funny how sometimes one phrase (and what a phrase that was!!!) can just turn the tide!
     
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    Yes, it was, and yes, indeedy!
     
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    Thanks, TG & Alice.

    Alice, how do you type with a baby on each hip and the other one holding onto your shirttail? :)
    You never said if you like Martha or not? :)

    Okay, during social studies the boys started looking at the president cards. One of them says that George Washington looks like so and so. I asked, who's that? He's a wrestler! They all started looking and going, this one looks like and that one looks like....I was laughing so hard...wrestling presidents....
     
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    I don't...haven't you heard: I'm a bad mom!!!
     
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    Yes, I get those guilt feelings at times. Then I look at how content and centered my kids are and it sets me straight. When I think of how busy our predecessors were, I feel lucky. What I like is the kid radar--you know, they're playing happily and haven't got time for you, then the phone rings and suddenly they need you NOW. :)
     
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    using words that fit into a kind of rhythm or flow that translates to the reader

    Yeah math is the most fun part of having to work. It is fun as long as you don't read the books. The books have to be so exact in their writing that it might be best not to read them. You don't have to look very far to find some worthless sentence. For example, here is one I found right away. I'll plagiarize (spelling?) so I don’t have to give away the text/author/etc.
    “The minor of an element is the determinant formed when the row and column containing that element are deleted.”
    Though exactly correct, this is hard for students because it seems like you are not going to have the element anymore – because you delete it. So this I think is the hard, frustrating part of math.
    Since teachers can explain everything so much more simply, I wonder if we are paying a lot for books which discourage reading.
    It is like when we write, we write using words that fit into a kind of rhythm or flow that translates to the reader. The math books don’t do that.
     
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    I'm confused?
     
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    What is so confusing? Maybe you just want to seem confused.
    Are you confused about my writing? I thought I wrote better than the books explain things. I guess I may as well get out of teaching. My failing students are probably right.
     
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    eduk8r wrote that post between your original post and the edited one.
     
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    I have just 5 minutes right now, so this has to be quick. I was confused because your post just ended in midsentence "...pla..." I didn't understand what you were saying, but I was trying to. I'm very, very sorry if it came out other than that. You sound discouraged? If I had to teach high math, which would be a abysmal misplacement, I'd have to take lots of classes and watch that movie about Jaime Escalante to learn how to make it interesting! :)
     
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