If this arrow isn't in the new math teacher's quiver, it oughtta be.
How do you answer the question: when will we use [x] in real life?, where [x] is some abstract concept or, as in my case, the 97% of math that doesn't explicitly involve "shapes." I have witnessed and, myself, promoted answers snarky and serious, long and short. You oughtta have something.
- When will we use [y] in real life?, where [y] is the abstract corners of the course you teach?
- Mount Hermon Summer Staff Slideshow 2007, a video I made last summer which is also the fulcrum on which I'll balance my answer.