Is Lego Gender Biased?

Here was how our conversation in math class (MFM1P) went…..How many pieces make up this Star wars Lego ship? Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 3.28.54 PMWe started with that picture and had a great conversation around Lego.

Then I showed this one.

Does the pool/hot tub have more pieces/less pieces/ or the same? This turned into “boy” Lego vs. “girl” Lego. My personal opinion is its all great…. My 3 daughters are just as excited to play with Yoda as they are with Disney princesses. Girls in the class agreed that they didn’t need their own line of lego!!!

I moved our conversation a little forward with asking Which costs more? And which should cost more?

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Spiralling grade 9 applied math

So, I’m going to spiral the grade 9 applied course! I’m a little hesitant because I’ve taught this course with a units approach for the last 10 years. But I’m also exited!!! It seems so awesome that everyday we will solve problems; Alex Overwijk says

learn to uncover curriculum instead of cover curriculum

Instead of “boring up” the first day with paper and expectations, and policy, etc, etc we talked about being curious, collaborative, creative, and embracing challenge!

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So….we dove right in to this.

Act 1: Showed this:

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R2D2 – Post-It Note Art!

I loved Nathan Kraft’s Van Gogh Post-It Note art on his windows. If you haven’t seen it…check it out.

I wanted to do something similar for a while now (like @mr_stadel’s File Cabinet Problem) and found some time now that school is over! Following Nathan Kraft’s instructions with Excel I created my own Geek Art…

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Grabbed some Post-Its and got to work…..I also created a time lapse video so I can make a 3 Act math problem for my students (Coming soon!).


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Each Post-It is 2″ by 1.5″
The board measures 42″ by 43.5″
I actually used 609 Post-Its!!