So a hearty 'well done' to all the graduate students in my Teaching Mathematics in the K - 8 Classroom course this semeester for the wonderful eNotebooks they have all completed. I don't think I have ever had such a variety of topics before as the list below illustrates.
Brewing and Math - Scott Football and Math - Ira Curling and Math - Pat Origami and Math - Gretchen Comic Books and Math - Steven Burlingtonian Math - Micky Art, Nature and Math - Claire Knitting and Math - Kris Motorcycles and Math - June The Roman Empire and Math - Joe Lax and Math - Kevin Three Course Meal and Math - Stephanie Theatre and Math - Marcy
Arthurian Lore and Math - Karyn Math in the Garden - Aurelia Math and Yoga - Kate
The Math of Jane Austen - Julie
The assignment is designed to help students see how math is a part of the world in which we live in all it's wondrous diversity and not just for "balancing a checkbook". It is my hope that children will also see how math is an everyday part of their lives so that they never have to ask the question "when am I ever going to need this?". Most of the things we learn in school are not really needed in the strictest sense of the word; they just make our lives better, richer and more worth while.