Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Sunday Scoop

I'm linking up with the Teaching Trio this Sunday and wrapping up what I have to, hope to, and get to do this Sunday afternoon.

It's my turn on the collaborative blog I belong to so I need to finish up my video blog by tomorrow and get that posted.  I have to also clean up the kitchen and get headed back on the vegetarian diet my husband and I started.  It's definitely not my favorite, but my husband swears by it, so I'm trying to be supportive and give it a try.  I definitely could use the help, and I've had a couple tasty meals, but more than a few have been less than desirable.

I know it seems like an oxymoron, but I hope I get to take a walk with my daughter and I also want a nice cozy Sunday afternoon nap.  We'll see what comes of it.

Lastly, I am loving March Madness - that's trademarked by the NCAA by the way - so I love watching all the games that I can.  I don't really have a favorite this year but I picked Kansas to win it all, so I'm still good there.
Hope you're having a nice Sunday.  Link up if you'd like to join us.  

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Pi Day - Not Just Another Day

One of my favorite days of the year is quickly approaching.  On March 14, we get to celebrate Pi Day in math, and that's one of the best days by far.  Not only do we get to celebrate something in math and have pie, but we get to teach kids that math is more than just numbers and equations and that is cool.

At my school we have a whole afternoon devoted to Pi Day.  Each teacher at our grade level takes on 3-4 activities and the students not only rotate through activities, they rotate through the rooms, so that they get to engage in at least 9 activities each year.  Between that and the fact that almost everyone wears a Pi Day shirt, which our math director designs, the day is epic.

Here's an example of a typical set-up.  We usually have one teacher that enjoys crafts more than the others, so he or she takes on most of the craft related activities.  In their room, they may have stations related to making a paper chain with colored rings related to the digits of pi.  They may have a similar activity where students then use beads to make a necklace, key ring, or bracelet.  And finally they may have a station with a crossword or word search puzzle with terms related to pi and circles.
Our next teacher often doesn't mind a little chaos and noise in their room, so they often get the round table buffet with foods which are round.  Also in this room we often have a piano or synthesizer marked with keys as numbers and students play the digits of pi as a musical number.  As a last station this teacher might have a basic measurement station where students measure the diameter and the circumference and then try to figure out the ratio between the two - which is obviously pi.

The third teacher's room tends to be more mathematically based and has activities that line up with that premise.  In this room students may test the magical ratio with polygons just as Archimedes himself had done.  They may play with the wonder that are moebius strips and see how they react when twisted in different loops various times.  Another good activity for this room is to discover the relationship between parallelograms and circles.  Finally, if you have the time, space, patience, and responsible students, an experiment with Buffon's Needle is an interesting look at pi and probability.

These activities and many more are available in my packet, Pi Day Fun Activity, available in my TpT store, but whatever you decide to do, I hope you have an amazing Pi Day educating your students on the wonders of Pi.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Currently March 2016

It's March first which means it's time to link up with Farley and talk about what's Currently up with my life.  I hope you'll check out her blog and link up too.

I'm listening to Big Bang Theory from the other room - how I love that show - as I complete today's Currently.  It's been a delightful February here in Colorado.  We've had beautiful weather with about two days exception and actually set some record highs up in the 70's.  This past weekend we actually had the windows open and the attic fan running, clearing out the winter air from the house.  It's been lovely.  March and April are our two snowiest months though, so we'll see what happens over the next few weeks.

We've decided to take my larger SUV on a road trip this summer, so I'm thinking I need to get a tune up before we go.  It's ten years old and although I'm not having any problems, I would be devastated to break down somewhere.  Now the trick is to find an honest mechanic who will be forthright about what really needs fixing up and what doesn't, especially since I'm a woman taking it in.

As for wanting and needing, they are connected...I have so many ideas for projects I want to create, but a lot of them require Photoshop skills and my skill set is so very small.  I try to learn more but it's like learning a foreign language to me.  It's almost complete gibberish.  My husband on the other hand, can do a lot of what I need, but he works long hours, plus he commutes over an hour to work, so my time with him is limited to pretty much the weekends.  Then I hate bothering him over the weekend for stuff related to my work, so it's a real catch-22.

Here most of our polling sites are in middle schools and high schools with the rest in churches.  With the world we live in, I think things need to change but the question then becomes where do polling sites move to?  With all the restrictions on size, location, accessibility, etc. I don't think there are a lot of other options.  Therefore, I think when schools are going to be used as polling places, it should be a day off for students.  What do you think?