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From: Pat Ballew (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Aug 26, 2000 at 08:37:47
Subject: Re: Bulletin Boards

Put what you are interested in, and what attracts you in math on the boards. One of my students referred to me as a "wordologist" because I like to find the origin of math terms, the etymology and history. So when I add a word to my web page I print it out and post it on my bulletin board. I'm also big on independent problems so I post a lot of problems from the Math Forum POWs (Problems of the Week), and others I have found. A third interest is in the history of math so I often print out postings from Math History newsgroups, and I actively search out stories about living mathematicians so that my students know some by name. Few kids escape my class who can't identify John Conway, David Moore, or Persci Diaconis; and I first heard about the death of Paul Erdos from a student who knew he was one of my heroes. Infect your students with what you love about mathematics, make your bulletin board a scrapbook for your favorite math stuff, and encourage them to bring in their favorites too. Students love to bring in Math jokes they found in papers and magazines, so encourage that as a start, and if they find something related to what you are studying, post it conspicuously, then point it out in every class and mention who brought it in. Pretty soon it will be the kids' bulletin board and take care of itself. -Pat Ballew, for the Teacher2Teacher service

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