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Monday the 13th

If Friday the 13th is a bad luck day, does that imply that Monday the 13th is a good luck day? Compose a logical argument for this question. Whoever sends in the best logical argument, arguing either side of this question, wins a Singing Turtle reward. Read the post to find out the details.

Movie Math: Wake Students Up with Silver Screen Riddles

The end of the year is near. So give students something different. Here’s an idea for a complete lesson plan that uses math riddles to grab students’ attention. The clip shows a math riddle from the movie “Die Hard.” This is a springboard to get everyone excited about riddles. From there you have many options […]

Math in movies: Who says math isn’t cool?

Who says math is not “cool”? Check out this list of movies that prominently feature math content in the storyline? This should be enough to motivate many of our students who complain that math is not relevant to the “real world,” or who just feel that math is only for “nerds.”

Origins of the Coordinate Plane

One of the legends of math relates to the invention of the coordinate plane system. The legend states that Descartes was inspired to invent this system after watching a fly move around on the ceiling over his bed. This post tells the story and points out its relevance for modern math teachers.