As any of my students will tell you my favorite words of encouragement are "well done". In fact, it has beeen known in years past for students to have informal competitions to see how many 'well done's they can get on one paper.

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.

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.

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.