The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - Natalya St. Clair A few lesson plans exist for teaching visual arts and self-similarity (objects that have the same pattern) that could be used after showing this lesson. Shodor has some free lesson plans for students in grades 4 through 8. High school students can learn recursion algorithms to create the Koch curve using Scratch for free. Educational technologist Dylan Ryder has also written about creating fractals. A beautiful app worth checking out is Starry Night Interactive App by media artist Petros Vrellis. Download it to your tablet and create your own version of Starry Night. Really interested in mathematics? Turbulence, unlike painting, is mostly a time-dependent phenomenon, and after some time, breaks statistical self-similarity that Kolmogorov predicted in the 1960s. In fluid mechanics, since we can't often solve the equation for flow patterns, we develop a system of scaling between the physical properties. AcknowledgementsNatalya St.
Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill Worried about the shrinking presence of empathy in our schools? I know how you feel. With classrooms operating more like grade factories, it's hard to make the case for school-driven empathy. For an unlikely accomplice, look no farther than tomorrow's lesson plan. Cooperative Learning: An Empathy Lever In cooperative learning, students work together, think together and plan together using a variety of group structures designed along an instructional path. But wholesale adoption of cooperative learning does not automatically yield the kind of results that educators want and students need. The Jigsaw Classroom: Goals and Execution Created in 1971 by psychologist Elliot Aronson to defuse his volatile fifth grade classroom, the jigsaw method has a long track record of successfully reducing classroom conflict and increasing positive educational outcomes. In jigsaw classrooms, lesson content is divided into self-contained chunks and assigned piece by piece to different groups of learners.
Home - For students and teachers - Library Guides at State Library of South Australia The State Library is the largest public research library in South Australia. It has a focus on reference material for information and research. Formats range from digital and electronic to film, sound recordings, photographic, video, microfiche, and naturally printed material. We do not loan our materials, but many of our resources are available online to assist your research. We are a free public library and welcome readers and researchers of all ages and areas of interest. The collection and preservation of material relating to South Australia and its people, is a major role of the State Library. published material, e.g. books, pamphlets, newspapers, magazines, maps, ephemera collections such as menus, theatre programmes and audiovisual materiala copy of every item published in South Australiaunpublished material produced by businesses, organisations and individuals e.g. letters, diaries, minutes, photographs and oral histories
Quantum mechanics 101: Demystifying tough physics in 4 easy lessons Ready to level up your working knowledge of quantum mechanics? Check out these four TED-Ed Lessons written by Chad Orzel, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union College and author of How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog. 1. Particles and waves: The central mystery of quantum mechanics One of the most amazing facts in physics is that everything in the universe, from light to electrons to atoms, behaves like both a particle and a wave at the same time. But how did physicists arrive at this mind-boggling conclusion? 2. Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger, one of the founders of quantum mechanics, posed this famous question: If you put a cat in a sealed box with a device that has a 50% chance of killing the cat in the next hour, what will be the state of the cat when that time is up? 3. When you think about Einstein and physics, E=mc^2 is probably the first thing that comes to mind. 4.
10 Important Movies That Explore What It Really Means to Be 20-Something Everyone's 20s are a struggle. You've got the transition from the safety net of college into the free-for-all mess that is the adult world, the job search for a gig that's actually enjoyable while still paying the bills and the gradual goodbyes to loved ones who naturally phase out of your life. Being an aimless 20-something isn't a walk in the park. Thankfully, art imitates life, and plenty of movies explore the reality of being a young person figuring things out. Here are just a couple of flicks that might make that search for answers a little more bearable. 1. Nothing says "young artist struggling in your 20s" more than working odd jobs to pay the bills while perfecting on your specialized craft. 2. Lelaina Pierce (Winona Ryder) is an aspiring filmmaker. 3. This movie is a bit more of a morbid hyperbole for what happens when you attempt to completely ditch the idea of an American Dream. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Jenny Slate's Obvious Child takes a different approach to abortion. 9. St. 10.
Avoiding the Trap of "Q & A Teaching" "Q & A teaching" is a practice that I was sometimes guilty of, and one that I've frequently seen throw off a lesson in many other teachers' classrooms. This occurs during the direct instruction portion of the lesson -- the instruction turns into a Q & A session instead of the teacher giving a clear model or explanation. Teacher: I'm now going to model how to solve this type of problem. First I set up my equation. And then the lesson goes on in that confusing, start-stop fashion. It's easy to understand why we do this -- we want students to be involved and stay engaged in the lesson. Here are some ideas for how to avoid it. 1. Openly tell the students that you're doing a model and that you'll check for their understanding at the end. 2. Prior to your direct instruction, give the students a little time to try figuring it out by themselves. 3. Script out and practice your direct instruction ahead of time. 4. Use a timer for direct instruction. 5.
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the free encyclopedia 21 GIFs That Explain Mathematical Concepts “Let's face it; by and large math is not easy, but that's what makes it so rewarding when you conquer a problem, and reach new heights of understanding.” Danica McKellar As we usher in the start of a new school year, it’s time to hit the ground running in your classes! Math can be pretty tough, but since it is the language in which scientists interpret the Universe, there’s really no getting around learning it. Ellipse: Via: giphy Solving Pascal triangles: Via: Hersfold via Wikimedia Commons Use FOIL to easily multiply binomials: Via: mathcaptain Here’s how you solve logarithms: Via: imgur Use this trick so you don’t get mixed up when doing matrix transpositions: Via: Wikimedia Commons What the Pythagorean Theorem is really trying to show you: Via: giphy Exterior angles of polygons will ALWAYS add up to 360 degrees: Via: math.stackexchange If you’re studying trig, you better get pretty comfortable with circles. Via: imgur Via: Wikimedia Commons This shows the same thing, but a bit more simply: Via: imgur