tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-41442746472733182012018-03-06T18:33:13.415-05:00Math Rules!This is a blog dedicated to math, volunteerism, and mentoring relationships in the Boston area. It's also dedicated to academic mentors and volunteers who freely give their time to help Boston students with their academic and personal achievement.Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.comBlogger79125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-72677893855702161832010-07-09T14:06:00.005-04:002010-07-09T14:32:14.430-04:00Until next year!Hello friends! It's been quite a while since I last posted on this blog. I really apologize for not having a better and more timely conclusion, but this is my temporary break from this blog. It's the summer so not much tutoring has been going on. I have had a really amazing time writing for it and I hope just one person got something out of it. I am wrapping up my year of service with the Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-28713290196498876502010-05-28T10:55:00.009-04:002010-05-28T11:41:21.126-04:00Wrapping upThere's less than one month left in the Boston Public School year (we're running a bit late because of "snow" days), but Math Rules! will be wrapping up in the next few weeks. I've been working on end of the year surveys for our teachers, volunteers, and students. I also helped put information together for a report. From both of these, I have some good news and good data to share with Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-22907929035984382522010-05-17T15:01:00.004-04:002010-05-17T15:05:13.100-04:00Good luck 3rd and 4th graders!Tomorrow and Wednesday, 3rd and 4th graders will be taking the math MCAS at many schools. Good luck!This is what I gave my students as a good luck + encouragement:Good luck on your MCAS,Final tips:1) TAKE YOUR TIME!!2) Read instructions and problems carefully. Read one sentence at a time. Reread if you need to.3) Cross off answers that youâ€™re sure are not right.4) Show ALL work, you can get Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-78901976441062043402010-05-12T12:22:00.004-04:002010-05-12T13:04:02.855-04:00Student tutorsTutoring yesterday at the Tobin School involved more MCAS preparations and working in pairs. Students from the class next door came over to tutor the kids in my class. Again, this week, I concentrated on my girls and how they were doing. Some of the pairs worked well together but one of my girls made her partner a bit upset. It might've been my extra attention and my student got overexcited. So IMath Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-6217939516230243702010-05-10T16:07:00.005-04:002010-05-10T16:28:19.820-04:00My weekend mathHi math fans! I'm just going to briefly talk about my experience with math over the weekend. I didn't get a chance to do any paper and pencil math, but I did watch a few basketball games and revisited one of my favorite awful-yet-amazing TV shows Xena: Warrior Princess.I don't get a chance to watch a lot of professional basketball, but one of my roommates is a die-hard Spurs fan. So we watched Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-55134420115209196932010-05-05T12:10:00.010-04:002010-05-10T16:29:06.351-04:00When I grow up...I want to be older. It's been a few days since MAM ended, so now we're back to regular tutoring entries with a few extra MAM bonus days thrown in.For Math Rules! volunteers who are reading my blog, the following are my takeaway points:Check in with them and ask how things have been going before you start tutoring. It's a good gauge of how the session will go.Encourage your students in the Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-19237347844963492352010-04-30T09:58:00.009-04:002010-04-30T11:33:44.700-04:00MAM Day 30: 0100 0010 0110 1001 0110 1110 0110 0001 0111 0010 0111 1001Today is the last day of Math Awareness Month! :( It's been an incredible month! I've learned so much about the importance of math in everyday life and how integral (hehe) it is in everyone's lives. From my first few giddy days of planning out the topics and drawing pandas, to the middle of the month where I struggled to stay on schedule, to some of my favorite posts: counting, math and language,Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-44267425505651113672010-04-29T11:09:00.006-04:002010-04-29T12:14:14.371-04:00MAM Day 29: Are we there yet?We've covered math on the T, and math on foot, but math in a car is one of the obvious places where you'll find math. The speedometer is a great start, it's measuring speed in miles per hour. We can use the speedometer and road signs to know how much further we've got to go. If we've been traveling at roughly 70 miles/hour or MPH, and we're 200 miles away from our destination, we should get thereMath Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-33554082646145479652010-04-28T10:06:00.008-04:002010-04-28T11:34:37.574-04:00MAM Day 28: Math on footTo write this blog today, as a full time pedestrian and part time rider, I am continually interested in rates of walking behind other people, rates of running, juding speeds of cars, etc. So I searched rate of change, math problems that deal with rates of walking or running and found a few great examples. I found myself longing for my calculus days, when I could understand these pretty complex Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-80738055196397635022010-04-27T17:13:00.005-04:002010-04-27T17:17:15.060-04:00MAM Bonus: Interview with my sisterI called my sister yesterday to talk about how much math she uses in her school work. She's a second year architecture student at the University of New Mexico. I originally wanted to use it in a blog post, but we started talking about other math related things and I just thought it was interesting enough to get its own blog post. Now, my sister is about 7 times smarter than I am so I hope you'll Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-75734569875362417852010-04-27T09:29:00.012-04:002010-04-27T10:53:32.002-04:00MAM Day 27: Optimization of spaceHey math fans! Following yesterday's topic of packaging, today's topic is the optimization of space, something I've been looking forward to the entire month. I'm not sure why I'm so fascinated with the optimization in general, but the optimization of space is something I see it quite a bit in my day-to-day. Optimization generally refers to maximizing or minimizing a mathematical function and Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-73790548161087243522010-04-26T12:00:00.008-04:002010-04-26T13:21:27.200-04:00MAM Day 26: Real World Geometry Part 3The last installment of real world geometry is packaging of food and other products. From Earth Day statistics: $1 out of every $11 Americans spend for food goes for packaging. If you're buying food at the grocery store, chances are you've experienced packaging and the incredible industry that is dedicated to researching and designing new and updated packaging. Packaging influences what catches Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-34573212836488998182010-04-25T10:44:00.000-04:002010-04-26T11:34:15.589-04:00MAM Day 25: Real World Geometry part 2Today's post was supposed to be about real world applications of math and geometry in certain fields of work such as, but not limited to: construction, architecture, interior design, landscapers, chemistry and pharmaceutical research and development, software engineers and other computer related work, accountants, business, banking, environmental and biology research, etc. The list goes on and onMath Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-9055326385063723962010-04-24T10:47:00.001-04:002010-04-26T10:43:24.538-04:00MAM Day 24: Real World Geometry part 1On Saturday, I participated in Opportunity to Serve through the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship (pictures to come soon!). There were five different projects in eastern Massachusetts, and I chose to go to the America SCORES project with World Cup Boston at Franklin Field / Harambee Park in Dorchester. Opportunity to Serve is a day of service, in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day, that is Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-45849830246971627532010-04-23T10:03:00.015-04:002010-04-23T10:03:00.753-04:00MAM Day 23: Standardized TestsDid the picture above make you anxious? Do scantron sheets and filling in the bubbles not make sense to you? What are the chances that many of you know exactly what I'm talking about? Today's post is on standardized tests. I would guess it's been a while since some of you have taken a standardized test, but most Boston Public School students will take (or have taken) a standardized test this Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-87559858263909322742010-04-22T15:40:00.013-04:002010-04-22T20:10:52.018-04:00MAM Day 22: Earth DayToday is Earth Day! Earth Day was started in 1970 to honor the Earth and to acknowledge our relationship to the environment. Many people around the world have special events to commemorate and education about keeping the environment healthy. Environmental activists and organizations try to start dialogs on major environmental issues and then work together to come up with effective strategies to Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-86431144306084199092010-04-21T15:08:00.008-04:002010-04-21T16:21:19.148-04:00MAM Day 21: Math and natureThere may be a small population of you out there who are still skeptical that math is everywhere. You don't believe me that you use math consciously on a day to day basis or you just don't agree that everyone does do math every day.Well, today's post in preparation for Earth Day (April 22), I'll be talking about how mathematical patterns surround us in nature! First we have to discuss two things,Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-75045076825841688762010-04-20T20:46:00.005-04:002010-04-21T16:10:17.552-04:00MAM Day 20: Graphs, charts & visual mathSome of us are visual learners, but most students are able to read and extract information from charts and graphs by the time they reach middle school. Charts and graphs are visual representations of data "represented by symbols, such as bars in a bar chart, lines in a line chart, or slices in a pie chart". I'm sure most, if not all of you, have seen a chart at some point this past week, or even Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-42398032503273444332010-04-19T09:19:00.000-04:002010-04-19T09:19:00.857-04:00MAM Day 19: Marathon MondayIn honor of the 2010 Boston Marathon, today is a shortened blog post with marathon related math. Celebrating the 114th Annual Boston Marathon, 2,500 years since the first marathons were run in Greece, and celebrating the oldest annual marathon, the Boston Marathon is kindof a big deal here in Boston.Marathons are long distance foot races, usually with a distance of 26.2 miles or 42.195 Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-468844775057326782010-04-18T13:59:00.010-04:002010-04-18T15:18:30.680-04:00MAM Day 18: Pop music & judgingAlthough the link between math and pop music isn't as theoretical or mathematical, today's topic: pop music and the rise of talent shows on TV is much more exciting to write about.My original interest in pop music isn't just my bad taste in music, it was the Billboard charts and other top charts that we hear so much about when we flip on music TV channels or the radio. I used to watch MTV for theMath Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-16073431273137251582010-04-17T12:36:00.004-04:002010-04-18T13:58:47.084-04:00MAM Day 17: Music and MathIn trying to do a blog post on music and math, I very quickly got bogged down with very technical music knowledge that I don't have. Although it's incredible how linked music and math are, I don't have enough music theory under my belt to speak very intelligently about it. I hope you will understand if I explain just what I do know about the links between music and math.As a child, my mother Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-42813777893359146552010-04-16T09:14:00.000-04:002010-04-15T22:50:13.977-04:00MAM Day 16: US Census 2010Friday April 16 is the deadline for the United States Census! If you haven't filled it out yet, please do so. Although I was troubled by the race questions, I still believe it's very important for everyone to participate, it's our civic duty! The United States Census is a decennial (once every 10 years) census mandated by the United States Constitution., but funding, services, and politics all Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-33561051373659261792010-04-15T10:14:00.012-04:002010-04-15T13:58:37.951-04:00MAM Day 15: Death and TaxesThe late and great Benjamin Franklin said this great quote "...in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." April 15th is the deadline to file federal and state income taxes. I suppose I should've written this blog earlier in the month to send out any links or additional information, but as a tax procrastinator, I myself didn't file until Monday the 12th. Lucky for Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-34678466985216919772010-04-14T10:34:00.005-04:002010-04-14T10:34:00.139-04:00MAM Day 14: Savings accounts & interestLets stop talking about spending money and buying things when I don't have money. The better idea is to not buy things, even if they're on sale, but I don't have that sort of self control.Money doesn't grow on trees!Today's math awareness is how to save money. How can we get the most out of a savings account? My experience with saving money is having a savings account that's separate from my Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4144274647273318201.post-27077931748299096562010-04-13T10:42:00.001-04:002010-04-13T10:45:13.068-04:00MAM Day 13: Sales and dealsToday's post is how to get the best deals when you see sales, discounts, reduced price items, etc. This is where math really comes in handy!Some of the best shoppers have a good eye for quality clothes and quality deals. I discovered this when I was preparing my gala look in the week or so before our Gala. I got to shop with several different co-workers and got a feel for how people think when Math Rules!http://www.blogger.com/profile/01381224537748419519noreply@blogger.com0