## Friday, November 18, 2016

### Math Links for Week Ending Nov. 18, 2016

I'm happy that a lot of the MathClips are becoming apps so that they can be used on tablets easier (specifically iPads). I just noticed that the Colour Tiles manipulative is now an app. Keep em coming MathClips Team
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8, MPM1D, MFM1P, MFM2P
http://www.mathies.ca/apps.php

I like it when you can take a simple idea and make a clean little activity out of it. In this case @MaryBourassa with this activity on analytic geometry (median, altitude, etc). It's the little tweaks that make these activities nice. In this case, rather than just giving kids a problem to work on in pairs, we have kids verifying with each other so there is self checking.
Curriculum Tags: MPM2D
http://marybourassa.blogspot.ca/2016/11/median-altitude-perpendicular-bisector.html

I always loved using these map based data sets when I was teaching Data Management. Such a fun way to use Fathom. Thanks @RossIsen for bringing this back for the recent US election.
Curriculum Tags: MDM4U
http://mathfest.blogspot.ca/2016/11/a-little-late-to-us-election-party.html

I like the idea of coding in math class but I am still not convinced it will always get the results you want (IE the kids learn to code and learn the math at the same time). That being said, I am always happy when math teachers share there coding/math activities. This one is from @DaveLanovas and deals with polygon angles in Scratch.
Curriculum Tags: MPM1D, MFM1P
http://sine-of-the-times.blogspot.ca/2016/11/exploring-polygon-relationships-in.html

I saw this on the latest episode of Mr. D. If you are having trouble teaching your students then change things up so you are speaking on their level. Here Mr. D tries to teach dividing fractions to some prison inmates. Note there is some implied swearing here so watch at your own risk.
Curriculum Tags: All
https://youtu.be/cZArwQ4wdV0

We'll see if @ddmeyer will use this in his #PsuedoMathSaturdays post. It is a little hard to figure out what they are asking at first (due to some EU maths language) but ultimately, the question is trying to determine whether the triangles are right triangles.
Curriculum Tags: Gr8, MPM1D, MFM1P

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2. Hello.
Thank you for all the great work you do compiling these resources and sharing them. I have used a lot of the sites you reference.

That said, I have to comment on one of your selections for today. I find the video clip about Mr. D dividing fractions to be demeaning and offensive. I feel it is important for individuals to speak up when they see wrongs. There are no innocent bystanders.

1. Thanks for speaking up. I am sorry that you find the video clip offensive. If you have ever watch the Mr D. show you will know that it is a comedy that it is about a teacher that is just awful (http://watch.cbc.ca/mr-d/season-6/8f5b75d8-51b1-454f-8740-2e98d8830e99). There are a lot of cringeworthy parts (and some that are offensive. That is often what happens with comedy. But as teachers, if we cannot laugh at ourselves then I think we might be taking ourselves too seriously. That being said, I have added a disclaimer. Hopefully you will still continue to visit and find things that are useful here

3. Hello.