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Teach About the Human Condition With Poetry


“Ferguson’s ugly, racist, emails released.” (CNN) “OU shuts down fraternity after racist chant.” (CBS News) “U.N. reveals ‘alarmingly high’ levels of violence against women.” (The New York Times) These are news headlines from March 2015. There is still much to be done in improving the human condition. Maya Angelou stated, “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and … [Continue reading]

More Than Just Numbers: Math Awareness Month


Have you ever listened to weather forecasts and wondered whether there’s any difference between partly cloudy and mostly cloudy, or a chance of rain versus a slight chance of rain? In fact, all of those terms have precise meanings based on probabilities. If the sky is partly cloudy, about three to four eighths of it will be covered by clouds, and a slight chance of rain means the odds are about 20 percent that at least 0.01 inches of rain will … [Continue reading]

The Value of Playground Poetry


“I’m rubber and you’re glue. Whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.” This was one of my favorite comebacks as a child. In addition to reciting the poem, I stuck out my tongue and then ran far away. In a way, I added choreography. Young children have used this poem across time as a means of combatting hurtful comments. I learned this poem on the playground via oral tradition. I heard someone else say it and someone heard me … [Continue reading]

Eadweard Muybridge: Photography and Film Pioneer

PUPMath_Kid looking at Muybridge work

English expatriate Eadweard Muybridge (April 9, 1830-May 8, 1904) is one of the most influential people in the history of American film. He was a pioneer in film and artistic photography, as well as in scientific and industrial photography. His exciting work has connections to art, social studies, science, and mathematics topics. Art: Muybridge took daring steps, cutting down trees and venturing into dangerous places, to get landscape … [Continue reading]