Thursday, August 30, 2012
Most Wanted Board
I've never been a big one for elaborate bulletin boards because I usually find them kind of pointless. But there was a blank one in the hallway outside my room that was begging for something. A while ago (three summers ago? geesh.) Paul and Justin told me about a weekly contest they run at St. Ann's where they pose a new math challenge for students to work on in their own time. So, now Lincoln has such a thing. Finding problems is going to be a fun challenge for us - I want them to be accessible, yet challenging, to any kid grades 9-12. Some problems can only have one winner (the one on the left, for example, once somebody gets it, I'm not going to keep giving out prizes to copycats.) And some of them can have many (anybody who brings me a post-it dodecahedron while the problem is live can win.) The mug shots, and the "Wanted" theme, too, were the idea of my idea-generating-machine colleague, Jamey. Also known as the second colleague of mine in history (Hi, Katie! I miss you!) to read this blog. We want to get mug shots of the kids who bring in solutions, too, and add them to the board. (The ones up there now are the four math teachers at my school.) The logic behind what exactly is "wanted" (people? solutions?) is a little twisted but whatever, I think it came out pretty cute.