April Problem of the Month

Pegs & Holes.indd

APRIL’S PROBLEM: What provides a better fit? A square peg in a round hole, or a round peg in a square hole? How well does each peg fit in its respective hole? To provide a complete answer, express the “fit” of each plug as a percentage. To find this percentage, divide the area of the […]

Good Question

Isn’t it great when kids ask good questions? (Rhetorical question, that, of course.) I got a good question today, about factoring. I was showing this student how to factor by taking out the GCG, and he asks me, “So what’s the difference between factoring and dividing?” You see, we had been using dividing when factoring […]

(Less) Curiouser and Curiouser

If curiosity killed the cat, the cat took one too many tests Today I tutored two girls … with two radically different levels of curiosity The first girl, an eleventh grader, taking Algebra 2. The second, a fifth grader, working on elementary school math. The older girl was studying logarithms. I started to try to […]