Posts tagged with arithmetic

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

X marks the spot

This fall, I’ve been leading a seminar for the Charlotte Teachers Institute entitled, Math through Popular Culture. This Thursday will be our last session together. We will lead a Celebration of Mind event co-hosted by CTI, the Bernard Society of Mathematics at Davidson College, UNCC Math Department, the Charlotte Teachers Circle, and HHMI Outreach at […]

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Jay Leno meets Martin Gardner

It is October 21, 2011 and around the world have been, are, or soon will be Celebration of Mind events to honor Martin Gardner who was born on this day in 1914. His work and writing, which infused fun into math, touched millions of lives. The Celebration of Mind at Davidson College will be in […]

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Running the option in football

Last Sunday, the Carolina Panthers narrowly lost to the New Orleans Saints 27-30 in week 5 of the 2011 NFL season. From the score, Cam Newton appears to have led the Panthers to 3 touchdowns and 2 field goals. The score gives a sense of how the game unfolded that afternoon in Charlotte. Or does […]

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Having a ball with math

In my mime and math show, I usually teach simple mime illusions like touching an invisible wall and catching a mime ball. The illusions are then connected to mathematical concepts. How? Watch the following video and follow along, if you will. For children, this exercise touches on useful concepts of arithmetic and estimation. Further, they explore […]

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Seeing mathematical leftovers

Mime visualizes an invisible world. Generally, we expect such silent performers to press against an invisible wall or be lifted by an imaginary balloon. While such ideas can be adapted to teach mathematical ideas, the silence of a mime can also welcome an audience to make connections of their own. The whimsy of a clown can warmly welcome […]

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

A muggle's math magic

Tomorrow, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 opens around the country. It is also the day I return to Charlotte from the Yale National Initiative’s Intensive Session. In honor of a successful week at Yale and what will undoubtedly be a successful opening day for a movie, this blog entry is inspired […]

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Negative Subtraction

I compose this blog while stretched out on a dorm bed at Yale University. I’m midway through my time at the Yale National Initiative’s Intensive Session as a College Faculty Member given my involvement with the Charlotte Teachers Institute. My time has been inspiring and thought-provoking. Today, I visited the seminar Great Ideas of Primary […]