Thursday, March 20, 2014

Math Homework Battles

When I started doing pre-algebra I would spend much more time making up stories about battles between the positive and negative numbers than doing the problems- the winner was determined in the answer. It was not a very successful approach to learning the mechanics of mathematics.
My math homework always morphed into number story time.

And now a semi-math rant:
Math needs to get more interesting.
Kids are fully capable of talking about math - and theorizing about it. 
I know because I unintentionally started a conversation about whether or not one was a number with some of my students. I said something like, "some ancient mathematicians did not consider one to be a number." And boom some kids attempted to understand why they would say that - "yeah wait one is really different than the other counting numbers. One fits into all of the numbers." These kids challenged some others who said things like, "no but when you learn to count you start with one so one is a number". Suddenly a discussion about the number two developed from nowhere - "two is also a weird number..." 
Anyway someday I want to try teaching Euclid to elementary students. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Dear Self, could we just not fall in love? - with skeleton.

Dear Self,

I thought that maybe by the ripe old age of twenty-four we would be over this whole - obsessive head over heels in love thing.
I mean when are we going to stop having crushes on stuff? When are we going to become mature, stable and somewhat boring individuals.
We need to have a talk about you falling in love with Skeleton.
No not the bones sort of skeleton - the sport kind of Skeleton.
Anyway you being all smitten by Skeleton is not what really what we need right now.
A sport where people sprint around and then go head first down an ice run at eighty miles an hour sounds like something that might end our future altogether.
Aren't you too tall?
                      Really though please,
PS: You are never allowed to watch the Olympics and fall in love with weird sports again.

Dear Liz,

We can't help but fall in love. From the moment Skeleton walked into the room we were head over heels for it. We saw a picture in our facebook news feed for an article on something not at all related to Skeleton. But in the corner there was something that looked like a sled. "Oh my goodness is it a Skeleton sled?" It was. We are stalking Skeleton.
We are in love.
Its been several weeks and we still can't get over it. We have watched a ridiculous number of Skeleton videos.
We don't give a crap about not having a shot. We want to try out for a Skeleton team anyway. I don't care if we are too tall. Trying it anyway.
         Really though watch this video- how could we not give this a shot?
PS: We will watch the Olympics and try Biathlon next if we want to. They have guns. What now?

Well that is boss.
These letters indicating that Seize the Absurd (occasionally known as Liz) suffers from multiple personality disorder will not come as a surprise.
Seize the Absurd's sudden and borderline obsessive desire to try out Skeleton and do well on the LSAT has distracted her from writing posts of late. She has by no means quit being a cartoonist. She also has not quit writing in the third person.