**The New York Times (The Perfect Valentine? A math formula 14 FEB 2019) has published an interactive widget from my favourite math website IMAGINARY for Valentine’s Day.**

**Here is the formula:**

**You’ll find IMAGINARY’S interactive LOVE widget HERE.**

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**Great Math Xmas Ornament Ideas for Middle School here @ MathEqualsLove blog.**

**Mathematicians can make mountains out of mince pies, but in this case Dr Eugenia Cheng, who is Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield, UK, makes it look fun. The video clip includes some great Middle School Maths that you can eat.**

According to **‘Bored Out of Their Minds’,** an article by ZACHARY JASON in The Harvard Ed Magazine (2017):

**Boredom accounts for nearly a third of the variation in student achievement. **

**Half of high school dropouts cite boredom as their primary motivator for leaving.**

Boredom begins for Math students at Grade 6 when students (Common Core Standards, USA) tackle more abstract concepts such as linear eqns, exponents, probability, geometry and so on.

Math curriculums in the USA, UK & Australia all demand students solve REAL LIFE problems. Too often these are of the type:

Q. Ronaldo has tethered his goat on a 12ft rein in the corner of a 20ft square field. What area can the goat graze?

**THE ANS: Who cares?**

Students really don’t care about Ronaldo’s goat, but here are some questions which involve intriguing answers they might want to work out. And many of these questions involve funny or age-relevant activities, which also helps engagement.

**1. Mean, Median STATS:** **Mean, Median and Coffee: Busting an Urban Myth**

**2. Parabolas: ****Can you beat the 12-14 yo World Record for a Watermelon Pip spit?**

**3. Geometry:** **Build a Freestanding Tower**

**Rates (Speed) & Units:**

**4a.** **The Terrifying Math of Running from a bear**

**5. Decimals, %, Volume:** **What Volume of alcohol is lethal for teens?**

**6. Decimals, Algebra, Weight Units**

**How much blood can a kid lose and survive?**

Graph **Hunger Game Math**

**7. GEOMETRY. Angles**

**Any Topic:**

**8.** **Middle School Math Photo Scavenger Hunt**

Space Math Song** here**

**EVEN TEACHERS GET BORED!!!**

The average time it takes **an audience at a conference** to switch off is 11 minutes. Keep in mind this audience is, at least, being paid to be bored witless.

As the weather improves – Spring in Melbourne, my city & Autumn in USA & UK – it is an ideal time to take math outdoors. Here are some fab exercises for Middle School Math.

**Lego Man soccer fields will vary in size depending on the height of each player picked by each student. This does your head in. It is really challenging maths!**

**McGill Uni link here.**

Don’t forget to throw in Mathspig’s lame protractor jokes.

**You’ll find full calculations at the Maths is Fun blog.**

**You’ll find more fab outdoor junior and middle school maths activities at the terrific Maths and Movement blog.**

**Some students will discover their co-ordinate point is not on the grid. Students should then work out that they will need a different scale for the y-axis. You can get more inspiration at the Stand Again blog.**

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