‘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

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 MindMap
Math OverView – Shaniqua's MindMap
Whole Numbers – Holly's MindMap
Basic Math Help – Matt's MindMap
Integers – Rico's MindMap
Positive & Negative Numbers – Jamal's MindMap
Algebra – Jaron's MindMap
Income – Aaron's MindMap

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.

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 me feel like I’ve been knocked down.’
‘Math makes me feel like my brains been taken to the cleaners.’
‘Math makes me think that is an never-ending stream.’

Rubric.pdf

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…