Liberal Arts Blog — Teaching Math to Grandkids

Liberal Arts Blog — Monday is the Joy of Math, Statistics, and Numbers Day

Today’s Topic — Notes from First Tutoring Sessions with Max, 6, and Addie, 4

Fun for all. A magic moment. The primal appeal of simple calculations. Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.

THEY HAD FUN, I HAD FUN, EAGER TO DO IT AGAIN!

1. The sessions were one-on-one.

2. Each lasted at least twice as long as expected — 30 minutes each versus anticipated 10–15 minutes.

3. What a relief!

MATH AND WRITING ARE COMPLEMENTARY — the journals were a hit!

1. But writing takes time.

2. Writing down the date on the first page of the journal took more time than anticipated.

3. The magic moment: September is the only month whose number in the sequence of months (#9) is the same as the number of letters in the word! Who knew? Awesome!

ENDING WITH OLD FASHIONED MATH PROBLEMS GOOD IDEA

1. Trying to find math in unexpected places can be taxing on students and teachers alike.

2. Returning to simple calculations such as 7 plus 8 for Addie or 47+35 for Max was relaxing, satisfying, empowering.

3. Random: Addie’s favorite number? 10. Why? Easiest to write. Next? 6. Looks cool. So, what’s your favorite number? Why? Next? why?

NB: You know what mine are. 3 and 7.

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YOUR TURN

So what are your personal favorite magic numbers? What do they stand for? Please share the coolest thing you learned this week related to math, statistics, or numbers in general. Or, even better, the coolest or most important thing you learned in your life related to math.

This is your chance to make someone else’s day. And to consolidate in your memory something you might otherwise forget. Or to think more deeply than otherwise about something dear to your heart. Continuity is key to depth of thought.