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COMPASS ART #2: The Evolution of a Question

(September 24, 2015) I decided to do something today that I rarely do:   to demonstrate to the students how to do something.  Last week the kids learned a whole bunch of geometry, but the group did not feel cohesive.  Everyone was pursuing different leads and goals, with simultaneous conversations about different topics.  I wanted to move the group more toward…

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Getting Emotional about Pi

(February 25, 2014)  Kids arrived to see some yarn and 3 different-sized cans on the table:  salt, coffee, and espresso.  I asked the kids to point out the key parts of a circle on the cans – the circumference, the area, the (invisible) center, and the rope/radius,1  and the diameter.  We hadn’t worked with diameter before, so we talked about…

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The Point, the Death of Galileo, and a Singing Bowl

People enjoy math from many different pathways.   “I worked on my Flower of Life at home,” said Z as the students entered the room. As she showed me her work, the others began to draw compass designs long before our circle officially began. I unwrapped a tantalizingly mysterious object, and asked for surmises on its identity. When G guessed…

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