## ‘Derive This Way’ Calculus Videos

These are both videos based on a parody of 'Born This Way' by Lady Gaga.  Personally, I don't like her music, but that's because I don't listen enough to the radio to know any of her songs.  However, I did find both of these videos very amusing in their own ways.  They were uploaded to YouTube only 1 day apart and of course, they are having their own little debate over whose idea came first.  Who cares!  Just enjoy the videos. And by the way, I really am doing more than just spending my summer finding random YouTube videos about Calculus.  =D ...

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## Links to Student Created MindMaps

These are some MindMaps that were created by some of my former students in a Pre-Algebra course.Football Coaching VS. Math - Juan's MindMap Algebra - Betty's MindMapAddition - Porche's MindMap Math OverView - Shaniqua's MindMapWhole Numbers - Holly's MindMap Basic Math Help - Matt's MindMapIntegers - Rico's MindMap Positive & Negative Numbers - Jamal's MindMapAlgebra - Jaron's MindMap Income - Aaron's MindMap ...

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## Demo of Foldable Fraction Activity

Last week someone suggested that I try using 'Foldables' in my classes, but I didn't know what those were at the time.  So, I decided to do a little research, and this is what I came up with.  I can send the template to you as well, if you would like. Fraction Activity...

## More Videos

I first heard about these two videos from this Tech the Pluge post, but what isn't mentioned there is that there are more videos that can be found. Additional Videos: Getting Triggy Wit It and Teach Me How To Factor Additional Videos:  Facebook for Math Nerds, Glee for Math Nerds, The Tonsil Hockey Team ...

## How Do You Feel About Math? Activity

I eluded to the fact that I was going to do this activity last week on Twitter.  And here are some of the pictures that students picked out of magazines to describe the way that feel about math.  Yes, there are more pictures than comments, but one of the comments 'Math makes me feel crazy' was used to describe a few of the pictures.  Overall, I think the class had a good time with the activity.  I learned a lot about the students and the students learned a lot about each other.  Also, I think that it made the students feel a little better knowing that they aren't in a boat by themselves when it comes to how they feel about math.  So, I would definitely recommend doing this activity in your own classroom.   'Math makes me feel like I need a drink.' 'Math makes me feel crazy.' 'Math makes me want to jump off the edge.' 'Math makes...

## Scotch Tape and Gas Prices Dilemma

So, my whole recent obsession with Scotch Tape sort of began a few weeks ago when the following problem popped into my mind... Suppose your boss wants you to buy six 1/2 in x 450 in rolls of Scotch tape at the dollar store (remember the 6% Michigan sales tax).  Your boss wants you to use the tape to enclose an area of 3,225.8 square cm, but has only given you a budget of \$7.00 to do so, including the amount of gas to drive back and forth to the dollar store, which is exactly 1.5 miles away from work.  Your car gets 0.0735 liters per kilometer city (you will not be taking the highway), gas is \$4.09 per gallon, and your boss does not care about the gas that it takes to actually start your car.  Do you have enough tape to enclose the area that your boss asked to have enclosed?  If you do have...