Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics.Dean Schlicter
There was a time in my life when this quote would've terrorized my whole existence (insert traumatized laugh). I remember fifth grade like it was yesterday, because that was the beginning of my obsession with history and my loathing of math. That year, I read every book I could find about the medieval time period. My imagination blossomed with tales of knights and the bubonic plague. And at night, I was tormented with nightmares of rogue long division problems. And now as a fifth grade teacher, when I think of math, it conjures up images of King Arthur, Merlin, death and destruction and the sounds of Gregorian chant. I can't help but wonder what my classroom math experiences might have been had my teacher linked the math to something that I love---like medieval history.
After sketch was complete, we used colored pencils to fill in our drawings with vibrant colors. My students knew the colors had to be bold and vivid after looking at illuminated manuscript examples.
What are we going to do next in math, Ms. Willis?