Soooooo I've been MIA for a couple months. I didn't think it would be so hard to work and continue blogging at the same time....buuuuuut I was WRONG! Even though I haven't been blogging I have been continuing to read others' blog posts and I've been trying to keep up on twitter most days as well. I have also been creating lots of new resources and activities and foldables all influenced by the awesome mathtwitterblogosphere. I'm going to try to update within the next week or so with all of the new stuff I've been working on.

I just finished creating a quadratics scavenger hunt and I wanted to post it before I got sidetracked or something.

Hi, Ms. Mac,

ReplyDeleteI came across your blog via David Wees, and as a fellow mathematics educator I thought you might be able to help in spreading the word about an educational TV show for preteens about math that we're putting together. "The Number Hunter" is a cross between Bill Nye The Science Guy and The Crocodile Hunter -- bringing math to children in an innovative, adventurous way. I’d really appreciate your help in getting the word out about the project.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/564889170/the-number-hunter-promo

I studied math education at Jacksonville University and the University of Florida. It became clear to me during my studies why we’re failing at teaching kids math. We're teaching it all wrong! Bill Nye taught kids that science is FUN. He showed them the EXPLOSIONS first and then the kids went to school to learn WHY things exploded. Kids learn about dinosaurs and amoeba and weird ocean life to make them go “wow”. But what about math? You probably remember the dreaded worksheets. Ugh.

I’m sure you know math is much more exciting than people think. Fractal Geometry was used to create “Star Wars” backdrops, binary code was invented in Africa, The Great Pyramids and The Mona Lisa, wouldn’t exist without geometry.

Our concept is to create an exciting, web-based TV show that’s both fun and educational.

If you could consider posting about the project on your blog, I’d very much appreciate it. Also, if you'd be interested in link exchanging (either on The Number Hunter site, which is in development, or on StatisticsHowTo.com which is a well-established site with 300,000 page views a month) please shoot me an email. We're also always looking for input and ideas from other math educators!

Thanks in advance for your help,

Stephanie

andalepublishing@gmail.com

http://www.thenumberhunter.com

http://www.statisticshowto.com

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/564889170/the-number-hunter-promo