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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Math and elections

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From: Bob Lochel

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2000112016:48:56
Subject: In my class...

I wanted to take a moment to share an activity I did with all of my
classes this past week.  Since it was election time, I gave all
students a list of 5 mathematicians (Gauss, Euclis, Archimedes, Euler,
and Noether).  Their job was to research each, write a few sentences
on their accomplishments, then write a paragraph voting for the one
they believed to be "the Greatest Mathematician of All Time".  They
were given a week to do this (out of class), and I was surprised at
how well they did, and the interesting discussions we had afterwards. 
Most kids were able to find at least one thing they found interesting.

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