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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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More Exploring the Circle, and Pedagogical Questions

(February 18, 2014)  I received two interesting Math Circle emails this week: “It sounds like you all had a delightful and spiraling investigation and the participants are really owning the learning…  Thanks for packing so much into math circle!”  This came from a parent and professional educator, in response to my 2/4 report. “What does any of this have to…

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Making Henna, Talking about Petes

Making Henna, Talking about Petes The story of last week’s Math Circles is best told in photos, over 50 of which you can see here. But here are a few details. In order to make up a snow day we had 2 sessions.  On the first (Monday, February 10), Gina helped me and the students mix up our own henna…

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Bouncing between Rationalism and Empiricism

Bouncing between Rationalism and Empiricism (February 4, 2014)  I felt a smidge of trepidation coming to Math Circle today: Gina was not able to make it with the art/henna component, and I know that at least a few of the kids signed up more for the art than for the math.  Would I be able to hold their interest in…

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Mehndi, Circles, and Contemplative Mathematics

Mehndi and Circles NOTE:  This report was written by Gina Gruenberg this week, with a few mathematical notes from Rodi at the end. (January 29, 2014) Yesterday was finally the second meeting of the “ Nexus of Sacred Geometry and Henna”.  I was a bit concerned due to the frigid weather, as Henna is a cooling herb.  In the deserts…

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What is Your Sacred Symbol?

What is Your Sacred Symbol? (Math Circle January 14, 2014) Students saw two items on the board when class began today: “Name of this course: The Nexus of Sacred Geometry and Henna Question: What is your sacred symbol?” Our visiting instructor, artist/acupuncturist Gina Gruenberg, and I teamed up to start to explore this question with students. “Is there anything you…

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