Summary: Ontario Mathematics Gazette
December, 2003June, 2007
The Ontario Association for
Reproducible for classroom use.
Fridays at the University of Guelph, five minutes before the end of class, I say, "Pens
down, books closed, it's "Friday Special" time!" Then I show on screen an article or
cartoon or letter or...something that has to do with math, the "real world" and has
absolutely nothing to do with class, assignments, or tests. It is math for fun. Often, it is
some flagrant example of how the media abuse math. I hope you use some of these.
Make them "Monday Morning" specials or "We need a break!" specials. If one falls
flat, blame me. If it works, you take the credit.
I recently talked to about 200 enthusiastic grade 7 and 8 students at Dundas District in
Dundas, Ontario (just a little west of McMaster in Hamilton and very close to Parkside
High School where I taught for five happy years.)