Most of my students are one or two grade levels above their peers in math, and they are some of the hardest working kids I've had the opportunity to work with. They are not only excellent students who take multiple advanced courses, but these are the students who volunteer in the community, participate in multiple clubs and activities, and who work hard to make this world a better one.
Taking an honors math course is not often easy or popular, so I want to do everything possible to make the process as rewarding as possible for my students.
These are driven, excited, curious students who I strive to support in every way possible. These students are our future, and based on what I see on a daily basis, it's a bright future!
This gift will allow me to purchase class sets of the book Flatland, which was written by mathematician and educator Edwin Abbott in 1884. This classic novella is a wonderful combination of mathematics (specifically geometry and dimensions), history, and English writing from the 19th century. The novella was written as a satire to expose the political structure of Victorian England, but addresses mathematical concepts in an original way. We will read the book in my Honors Math 2 classes, discussing not only the geometry involved, but also the historical context and how it relates to today's social issues. It will be an excellent way to cross curricular boundaries and discuss both history and English literature in math class. Mathematics often gets a reputation of being abstract and disconnected from history and culture. This would be a great way for my students to see that it is in fact the opposite: mathematics can be used to describe our world in ways never previously imagined.
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