The Talking Stick Blog

News, Updates, Program Recaps, and Homeschooling Information

Logic Session #4: The Kids Take Over

The Kids Take Over (February 5, 2013)  What would you do if you were settled around the table with your students, about to engage in a civilized discussion about math history, when suddenly the students started chanting in loud rhythmic unison “Puppets!  Puppets!  Puppets!”? That’s exactly what happened in our Math Circle this week.    First, the kids introduced themselves to…

Read More→

Math Circle: Logic Session #3: Noise, Normals, and Negators

Noise, Normals, and Negators (January 29, 2013)  The kids bounded in, filled with curiosity about whether the new puppets, Wags and Rooney, were knights or liars.  Each child also wanted to hold a puppet.  We had 4 puppets and 8 kids.  Easy to manage, I thought:  each child could have a puppet for half the class.  Each child, though, wanted…

Read More→

Math Circle: Logic Session #2: Knights, Liars, and Percy Jackson

(January 15, 2013)  As students trickled in, the kids immediately resumed debate over one of last week’s question, “What happens if an irresistible cannonball hits an immovable post?”1 The new kids, H and L, were now clued in, but the question was not resolved. Once everyone had arrived I introduced 2 puppets who came to help them with our questions: …

Read More→