Sometimes the muses look down upon Middle School Maths teachers and say ‘Gadzooks! …

…. those courageous purveyors of The mathematiques need a little help.

Shazam!’

And here it is.

ONE Direction … who Mathspig foolishly kept calling ONe Dimesnsion in a talk to 14 year olds last year … AHHHH!!!

Getting confused over rock star names is just, soooooo pathetic, like mum and dad.

But do One Direction know their maths? What do you think? Does this video make sense?

Or are they just number Tragics?

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Weird Maths Activity

Play the video at the beginning of the class. Set the days work. Then at the end of the class, students have to sing their answers … clicking their fingers … One Direction style ….

Mathspig is excited. O wonder. O rapture. O Mathematical magic.

A museum of mathematics has just opened in New York, on Manhattan no less.

George Hart with his math art and students at MOMATH

Here is a quote from New Scientist: New Scientist 10 Dec 2012

The founders of the Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) know they have a fight on their hands, given the pervasive idea that the subject is boring, hard and scary. But they are determined to give mathematics a makeover, with exhibits that express an unselfconscious, giddy joy in exploring the world of numbers and forms.

“We want to show a different side of mathematics,” says museum co-founder Cindy Lawrence. “Our goal is to get kids excited, and show them the math they’re doing in school is just one tree in a whole huge forest.”

It looks like fun, fun, fun.

Mathspig will go all the way from Australia later in the year just to wallow mathspiggy-style in all this fun maths.

Menger Sponge Cycle

View Inside MOMATH math museum NY

Having fun at MOMATH

Weird Math ACTIVITY

Here is a link to a PDF file of some fantastic shapes that fold two ways like TRANSFORMERS.

You can make these fantastic shapes by Joseph O’Rouke, Olin Professor of Computer Science @ Smith College MA if you go here.

If you really are curious as to what research mathematicans do, go here. It’s really interesting stuff.

SNACK TIME

While you are in the cafe you better do something mathsy. Here is the way to cut a bagel for the maximum spread of cream cheese.

Just to remind maths teachers to smile once in a while and in a NICE way, here are 12 pictures* : half are seriel killlers and the other half maths teachers.

But which are which?

What’s the probability of getting ALL answers correct?

Yes! 50%

Weird Maths Activity

Mass Murderer or Maths Teacher?

You choose!!!

Subject A

Subject B

Subject C

Subject D

Subject E

Subject F

Subject G

Subject H

Subject I

Subject J

Subject K

Subject L

This is a maths teacher, However, you might understand why students suspect he falls in the other category!!!!!!

ANSWERS:

A. Teacher, B. Teacher, C. Jeffery Dahmer, D. Teacher, EDr Harold Shipman, F. Charles Manson, G. Albert Fish, H. Joseph Harwell, I. Teacher, J. Teacher, K. Teacher.

*All the teacher photos come from education archives but will be removed on request.