J2 Content – Perspectives

A varied collection of thoughts on education and parenting

A Most unScientific Study: Math Homework Woes

An informal survey of nine parents of Algebra, Geometry, or Algebra 2 parents revealed data which we found very distressing. 8 of the 9 parents said they feel they cannot help their child with their homework 0 of the 9 parents said they looked through their child’s math notebooks at least once a week This…. read more

A Most unScientific Study: Mothers’ Day Gifts

An informal survey of six families revealed Mothers’ Day to be a “minor” holiday in terms of gift giving. All six families celebrated with a special meal The “mother” in all six families received gifts and cards from her children the ratio of handmade to store bought cards from the children was 7:5 the ratio…. read more

Free MC Escher Font

Via the (safe and) highly regarded PC World Magazine’s website, you can download this Escher font: Download the font and get more information by clicking here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/225236/forge_your_own_path_with_delightfully_twisted_hommage_a_escher_font.html

A Most unScientific Study: Serving Sizes

An informal survey of 12 children ages 4 through 15 revealed some poor practices in terms of serving size management. 10 of the 12 children believed a 20 ounce soda bottle was “one serving” (the nutrition label says a serving of soda is 8 ounces, so the bottle contains 2.5 servings) 6 of the 12…. read more

A Most unScientific Study: Childproof Caps

An informal survey of 6 children children ages 4 through 13 seemed to support the old comedy bit about childproof medicine bottle caps being anything but childproof. 4 of the 6 children, including the youngest, had no problem opening a childproof pill bottle. All 6 of the children were familiar with the push-before-turning mechanism, but…. read more

A Most unScientific Study: Fruit Ignorance

An informal survey of 13 children ages 4 through 15 revealed a surprising lack of familiarity with fruit. Only 2 of the 13 children could name more than three types of apples Only 4 of the 13 children had ever heard a discussion of whether a tomato was a fruit or a vegetable None of…. read more

A Most unScientific Study: Educational Video Games

An informal survey of 8 high school freshmen revealed that seven of the 8 recalled playing “educational video games” when they were younger. Of those three categorized the games as “cool” while the other four labeled the games “lame.” More important than their opinions of the games, however, are the clarity of their recollection of…. read more

A Most unScientific Study: People Pleasing

A pair of informal surveys given seven days apart to the same class of 25 tenth-grader students yielded contradictory results despite having common questions. The only significant difference between the two surveys was that one required students to write their name on the top while was completed anonymously. The surveys each consisted of 30 seemingly…. read more

Man Buying Apples Problem

An old bit from Sesame Street. As multimedia becomes more prevalent in classrooms, this is a great video to share with classes of all grade levels. Besides the entertainment value, you can use this as a springboard for additional exercises: Can students write an expression to model all the man is saying? If the price…. read more

Math Movie Pictograms

This image is one of three quizzes asking you to figure out movie titles expressed as math pictograms among the comics at spikedmath.com. The other quizzes can be accessed by clicking these links: Quiz 2 Quiz 3. If you aren’t already familiar with the site, Spikedmath.com hosts regularly updated math themed comics and is well…. read more

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