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The Comedic Beauty of Mathematics The Things We Learn Through Laughter Laila Adelah Nur, M.A.T lailanur@mfala.org @msnurdoesmath

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The Comedic Beauty of Mathematics The Things We Learn Through Laughter Laila Adelah Nur, M.A.T lailanur@mfala.org @msnurdoesmath

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It All Started When… LAUSD Me Student Lesson Plan (Dress)

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I Need Proof!

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Such Beautiful Moments Is this a linear equation? 2xy – 5y = 6 Is this a linear equation? 2xy – 5y = 6 Miss what about the '2xy'? The 'x' and 'y' are being multiplied. I don't know Miss...Maybe the 2 is just trying to be cute like that.

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Lesson Learned Integers often try to look cuter than one another to get closer to the variables.

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Such Beautiful Moments Miss can we call the parenthese s ‘Thun dun duns’? That's fine if it helps you understand how they work and what to do with them. Okay distribute the negative one. Now you can drop the thun dun duns.

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Lesson Learned If you drop the parentheses to a beat, your students may never forget how they operate.

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Research Shows… Humor can increase students’ creativity, lower students’ anxiety and the affective filter, and contribute to students’ social and emotional development. Mcghee, Paul E., and Mary Frank. Humor and Children's Development a Guide to Practical Applications. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis, 2014. Print.

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Such Beautiful Moments Let's say I square some number, x. In order to undo that operation I need to... Take the square root!! Okay. So if I cube some number, x, then in order to undo that operation, I need to... Take the triangle root!!

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Lessons Learned We still need to work on looking for and expressing regularity in repeated reasoning.

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Advantages 1.Learn how students think 2.Positive classroom climate 3.Creating interpersonal relationships 4.Students willing to take risks

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Slight Disadvantages 1.Going from comedy to seriousness 2.No hesitation to make jokes about teacher 3.Keeping the jokes appropriate

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Such Beautiful Moments How do we verify that two functions are inverse functions? Show that f of g and g of f both equal x. Okay Yea you have to do fog and gof. Hey miss…fog gof!

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Lesson Learned Sometimes f#%k off really means I love you…thank you for teaching me

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So What’s The Formula? 1)Incorporate humor into your own dialogue, actions, and classroom materials 2)Explain expectations of humor usage and potential consequences 3)Identify when students are uncomfortable with humor 4) Provide students with vocabulary to be academically humorous 5)Give positive feedback for humor usage 6)Follow up classes with feedback to ensure learning 7)Be an active participant Stroud, Robert. "The Laughing EFL Classroom: Potential Benefits and Barriers." English Language Teaching 6.10 (2013): 72-85. Web. 26 Nov. 2014.

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Humor Outside of Class

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Such Beautiful Moments About how much taller am I than the student standing next to me? You’re about twice as tall as the shorter person So you’re a square and she’s a triangle Whaaa? Yea…since the area of a triangle is half the area of a square, that means she’s a triangle and you’re a square

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Lesson Learned Sometimes the jokes are more than just jokes and we actually teach our kids something

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Laugh About Math

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