I have never rehearsed the first five minutes of class as many times as I did last summer. Wheelock College, where I’d taught for twenty-five years, had just merged with Boston University. At Wheelock I led the math program and … Read More
The handshake problem is an old chestnut — if everyone in the room shook hands with everyone else, how many handshakes would there be? Then generalize. What I have to add to teaching the problem is a handout (doc version, … Read More
This is a great first day of class activity, which works well with math phobic students (I use it in a math for elementary teachers class). Students make a list 1:00, 2:00, etc. on a piece of paper — however … Read More
Odd Perfect Squares
Explores some patterns in Pascal’s Triangle using Excel, including using conditional formatting to make a Sierpinski triangle. Excel Level: Beginning Plus (introduces conditional formatting). Math Level: Elementary – College.