Traffic Jam

As I move through this journey as a mathematics coach I see the way I look at the world change.  I find problems in more places and I see math opportunities in every direction.  I feel confident that if you are just beginning to make changes in the way you teach that this will happen to you also.

Here is an example.

Chinese Traffic Jam


This traffic jam in China was caused by construction back in 2010.  The traffic jam was 1000 km in length.  The average car is 4 m long.

Estimate how many cars you think could have been caught in the traffic jam.  Show why your answer is reasonable or not reasonable.

As we travel through this journey of mathematics I hope you will begin to see math everywhere as I am beginning to do.

Carnegie Art Museum Visit


On my recent trip to the Carnegie Art Museum in Pittsburgh I came across this work or art by Mel Bochner.  The opportunity to connect mathematics and art are often missed and this presents a wonderful problem.

While there are many ways to use this in the classroom but I would simply present the work to small groups and ask them to interpret it and then create their own work of art.  They could also trade diagrams and allow other groups to create their work.

Are there other ways to make a diagram of a block structure?