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One day while doing a computation on the board in front of my students,
I accidentally wrote 1 + 1 = 1. (No idea why.)

 

Student: Um, don't you mean 1 + 1 = 2?

Me (embarrassed): Oh right, thanks.
[Erases mistake. Pauses.]
Wait. Is there a universe in which 1 + 1 = 1?

Class: ... [Stares blankly]

Me: That's not such a strange question. Don't you know that YOU live in a world where 11 + 1 = 0?

Class:... [Jaws drop.]

Me: Yeah! Think about it! 12 = 0 and 13 = 1 and 14 = 2 and 15 = 3... sound familiar?

Class: Military time!

Me: Exactly! [Points to clock on the wall and starts impromptu lesson on modular arithmetic.]

 
 

I hope at least one student was convinced that math is cool.

'Cause I'm convinced that making mistakes isn't always a bad thing!

crumbs!

crumbs!

One of my students recently said to me, "I'm not good at math because I'm really slow." Right then and there, she had voiced what is one of many misconceptions that folks have about math.

But friends, speed has nothing to do with one's ability to do mathematics. In particular, being "slow" does not mean you do not have the ability to think about, understand, or enjoy the ideas of math.

Let me tell you....

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Introducing... crumbs!

Introducing... crumbs!

Hello friends! I've decided to launch a new series on the blog called crumbs! Every now and then, I'd like to share little stories -- crumbs, if you will -- from behind the scenes of Math3ma. To start us off, I posted (a slightly modified version of) the story below on January 23 on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, so you may have seen this one already. Even so, I thought it'd be a good fit for the blog as well. I have a few more of these quick, soft-topic blurbs that I plan to share throughout the year. So stay tuned! I do hope you'll enjoy this newest addition to Math3ma.

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