Post 18/29 in the Staffrm #29daysofwriting challenge: Sketch from a film or a book
I apologise in advance for this - I've just done it in the only half-hour I have spare all day. All morning and most of the afternoon was spent in the garden, painting the outside of the house and both front and back doors, and husband and I are off to games night at a friend's in about 40 minutes.
Post 17/29 in the Staffrm #29daysofwriting challenge: Choose a piece of art
Today's prompt was "choose a piece of art with one idea of you might use it in the classroom". As a maths teacher, I've predictably picked my favourite piece of artwork by M.C. Escher - when I was little, someone bought me a postcard book of his work, and I still have the postcards in my display folder.
A few years ago, I got a jigsaw puzzle of this monstrosity:
I've spent quite a bit of time so far over half term working on the resource areas of my site - one topic I was keen to get a few more resources for was writing algebraic expressions and using correct algebraic notation, as I'm teaching this to Year 7 after half term and my collection was looking a little sparse.
Today I'd also found a link to the Cuisenaire Rods manipulative on the NRich site, which is absolutely fantastic. I remember discovering a dusty old box of rods in the resource cupboard during my NQT year, digging them out and then not really doing anything relevant with them because I didn't have a) the time or b) the experience to work out how to use them without just confusing the pupils more. I'd always been determined to go back and check them out properly though, particularly with the links to the work I've been doing with algebra tiles.
Post 16/29 in the Staffrm #29daysofwriting challenge: My school shoes
So today's prompt is "sketch your favourite pair of school shoes". This was pretty easy, as I only have one pair. I can't stand wearing heels at school, so flats are my go-to. They are a little boring, but very comfortable - let's save the giraffe-esque sandals for the weekend, eh?
Post 15/29 in the Staffrm #29daysofwriting challenge: My hobbies
As half term is an opportunity to relax, I thought I'd do something different this week - having seen the #teacher5adaysketch challenge on Twitter, I cracked out my sketchbook and pencils to draw "my hobby".
Post 14/29 in the Staffrm #29daysofwriting challenge: Sentimentality and graph of a heart
When I was younger, I was ridiculously cynical about Valentine's Day - I'd wonder why people needed one special day to tell or show their significant other how much they love them, when surely that should be happening all the time. However, as I'm often working late into the evenings (I get in at 4pm but usually do 2-3 hours at home in the evening), sometimes I find my husband's come in at 5 and I've not even acknowledged him, because I'm so engrossed in school-work. It's very easy to neglect to remind the people who are important to you just how important they are - family and friends as well as significant others.
Post 13/29 in the Staffrm #29daysofwriting challenge: Naming the parts of a circle
It's another short(ish) post today because I'm trying to make the most of my first weekend of half term and also because I've done something weird to one of my fingers and typing/clicking is really painful today (fortunately, this also puts paid to any idea that I'll be marking books later).
Following my post yesterday about integers, I got the following Twitter comment:
Ooh Etymology and maths! and of course "tangent" means "touching" #NumbersCount
Post 12/29 in the Staffrm #29daysofwriting challenge: Why use Z to represent integers?
Post 11/29 in the Staffrm #29daysofwriting challenge: Latin -us words in mathematics
Post 10/29 in the Staffrm #29daysofwriting challenge: Why use these letters?
Post 9/29 in the Staffrm #29daysofwriting challenge: The numbers 1 to 5
Post 8/29 in the Staffrm #29daysofwriting challenge: A bit of fraction etymology
Post 7/29 in the Staffrm #29daysofwriting challenge: Seven interesting facts about 7
Post 6/29 in the Staffrm #29daysofwriting challenge: Chords on quadratic graphs
Post 5/29 in the Staffrm #29daysofwriting challenge: Curves of constant width
Post 4/29 in the Staffrm #29daysofwriting challenge: Fermat's Christmas theorem
Post 3/29 in the Staffrm #29daysofwriting challenge: Spherical and hyperbolic space
Post 2/29 in the Staffrm #29daysofwriting challenge: Sierpiński fractal patterns
Post 1/29 in the Staffrm #29daysofwriting challenge - five things I've learned about Egyptian fractions
Exploring combinatorics and Pascal's Triangle with Arno, Willa and Shyler, the pizza trolls