My amazing and talented sister created these illustrations, based on my “baby math” post, for her art class at WashU. I thought it would be appropriate to share them here.
Getting these in my email inbox was a bright spot in a long week. It seems it is that time of year when everyone (teachers and students alike) feels most run-down (Thanksgiving is so far away!) and yet there seem to be the most obligations and events. The month of November has meant: 1st Quarter grades and comments, college recommendation letters, parent/teacher conferences, Senior project mentor selections, myriad fall athletic tournaments (and subsequent student absences), covering several colleagues’ classes (Calculus, Calculus AP, Geometry), Poetry Out Loud (today), the fall play (tomorrow), and (almost unbelievably) the 2nd Midquarter coming up next week. Drafts of December exams are also due next week, and since I am teaching 2 new classes, writing those will occupy most of my weekend.
I still don’t feel like I’m doing anything worth writing home about in the classroom, but the year has been going well. Some days I feel like I’m selling math on pure charisma, but: they’re buying it.