## Maths isn’t TOO HARD; it’s TOO BORING, Sir!

January 15, 2016# Hello my little Peeps,

In 2012 The New York Times ran an article by Andrew Hacker titled ‘Is Algebra Necessary?’ The argument was, basically, that too many students find algebra difficult and colleges in America use math results to screen students thus further disadvanting already disadvantaged students. The author had a point. eg. *Of all who embark on higher education, only 58 percent end up with bachelor’s degrees. The main impediment to graduation: freshman math.*

Perhaps, algebra could be taught in a different way. Mathspig was inspired by New York Grade 3 teacher, Alycia Zimmerman, who uses Lego to teach fractions (See next post) and came up with the following examples.

But Mathspig has always lerved Lego Maths. Here are just a few examples;

Ratios: The Rosetta Project Scaled down to a Lego Universe

Other links to Lego Maths.

And while you are doing your Lego Maths you an also use the Lego Template to design your own Lego Figurine.

Download Template here.

Have fun peeps.

# Cheerio

# Mathspig

I agree!!! In fact, nothing about school is actually HARD. I know I could do it if only I had the willpower to spend all that time. But all that -shit- is a bit too BORING.

by Dipti Patel October 5, 2016 at 3:06 pmHellooooo Dipti Patel. Mathspig agrees that maths can be slam-your-face-into-the-top-of-the-table-in-a-coma boring. But it doesn have to be. If you put in the effort in class then one day you will be able to write programs like this.

https://mathspig.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/4-funky-fab-and-fantastic-yeah-thats-middle-school-maths/

Try it.

Cheers

Mathspig

by mathspig October 10, 2016 at 4:23 am