2015 Oct 14. Announcing the winners.
You should buy Anna Weltman’s new math book, This is not a Math Book.
You should buy several, probably, for all the little people in your life who are deciding right now what they think about math and what math thinks about them. If they’re taking their cues on that decision from someone who dislikes math or who dislikes little people, consider using This is not a Math Book for counterweight.
You’ll find dozens of pages of math art, math sketches, math reasoning, and math whimsy. I read it in one sitting outside a coffee shop one afternoon, big dumb smile on my face the whole time. Actually finishing the book, fully participating in Weltman’s assignments of creativity and invention, will take many more afternoons.
I’d like to send one of you a class set of Weltman’s book. Here is how you get it:
- I love Weltman’s Loop-de-Loop assignment. It lends itself to some of my favorite mental mathematical acts around prediction, sequencing, transformation, and questions like “what if?” So you or your students or all of the above should make an awesome Loop-de-Loop. (Here is Weltman’s instruction page and her student work page, but any piece of graph paper will work.)
- Scan and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I’ll pick my five favorites and ask some of my favorite math artist friends to pick the winner from those five. Winner takes all, which is to say 40 copies of This is not a Math Book, from me to you.
- Contest ends 10/6 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.
Drawings, color, character work, mixed media, it’s all fair game. I can’t wait.
BTW. Over the next several days, Weltman is blogging interesting questions to ask your students about Loop-de-Loops.
@ddmeyer can this be outsourced to a class and we send in our favorites?
— Jonathan (@rawrdimus) September 29, 2015
Yes, do that!
Students, we need to do this! See me if you're interested! (I already have the book — you need it in your life!) https://t.co/wOucB0Iq51
— Holly Werra (@MrsWerra) September 29, 2015
Yes, do that!
— Becca Phillips (@RPhillipsMath) September 29, 2015
Got your back.