Thursday, July 23, 2015

Back to School Haul


I don't know about yours, but my summer has FLOWN BY! I officially start back on August 12th... AHHHHH!!! Shortest. Summer. Ever. This was inevitable since my district is switching the school year calendar so that everyone (teachers, too!) will be done before Memorial Day this coming school year! It will be AWESOME come next summer ;)

I have been slowly accumulating things for back-to-school... it is a BIG PROCESS because I really try to find good deals and buy everything with discount codes, coupons and accumulated awards at the various stores. Here goes... :)

My Schoolbag (Vera Bradley) -
http://www.verabradley.com/product/trimmed-vera-traveler-bag/rio-with-navy-trim/1003558_200454.uts   --- The pattern pictured is Sierra with black trim.

My Planner (Target) & Stickers - 
Planner Blue Sky 8.5" x 11" True Khaki
 

Planner is by Blue Sky... lots of design options at target for under $10

Stickers are Mambisticks and can be purchased at Michaels, JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, and Meijer. They are typically found with stickers and scrapbooking. Each pack includes 8 sheets of clear-backed stickers. I have found them for $5.50-$9.00 each. LOVE THEM!!!
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Miscellaneous School Decor (United Art & Education-
Far left: Mini Accents
Bottom middle: White Sharpie paint pen
Bottom right: Hall pass; plastic

Desk Calendar (Target):
Back-to-school end-cap


School Supplies:
Notebooks: Target + Mambisticks
Expo Markers: Meijer
Tall Bookmarks for binders: Target (seasonal area)
Post-It Tape: The Container Store
File Tabs: Meijer


That's all for now! :) Happy back-to-school shopping!!! 









Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Article - John Urschel Talks About Why More Young Kids Don't Love Math

Ask John Urschel to define himself, and this is the sort of answer you’ll get: “John Urschel, pro football player, mathematician, professional mathlete.”
To put it mildly, Urschel is a rare commodity. He’s 6 feet 3 inches tall, a 308-pound offensive guard for the Baltimore Ravens and a man who once stated matter-of-factly that he loves "hitting people.” But he’s also a 24-year-old with ambitions of obtaining a Ph.D. in mathematics after his football career ends. (Specifically, he hopes to continue his research in numerical partial differential equations and machine learning, if that means anything to you.)
By the look of things, that won’t be impossible. Urschel already holds a master’s degree in mathematics from Penn State, where he earned a 4.0 grade point average. And last December, he and a team of researchers submitted a paper entitled, “A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians.” The paper was accepted into Journal of Computational Mathematics earlier this year.
journal of computational mathematics
A portion of Urschel's paper, “A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians.”
Urschel understands that he’s a bit of a statistical oddity, but he doesn’t think that his two passions stand in contradiction with one another. "There’s no contradiction when it comes to [my love of] football and math,” he told The Huffington Post in a recent sit-down conversation.
“I think they’re complementary in a sense," he said. "Football really speaks to this competitive side of me, this aggressive side, whereas mathematics speaks to this side of me where I’m really curious and want to know why."

But Urschel knows not everyone shares his passion for math, and he believes he knows why, too: We’re not properly explaining to young children where a love of math can take them.
"One thing that really limits the amount of people that major in math is that growing up, kids don’t know what math majors do,” he said. “They think about a major in mathematics and they imagine just doing calculus for four years. Or just more factorization. And this isn’t what it is at all."
"What I see in math and what I wish a lot of young people would see is how it’s rooted in reality," said Urschel, who spoke with HuffPost as part of his partnership with software developer Persado, a New York-based company. "Mathematics is underlying so many things in our everyday life, and mathematicians are in such great need."
That’s true, particularly in Urschel’s favorite area of mathematical study: applied mathematics, which focuses on the real-world applications of math. That need leads to good money too. Applied mathematics ranked fourthamong college majors by pay in a recent survey published in USA Today and16th when it came to how quickly a major pays itself back, according to a separate survey by PayScale, a salary research firm.
"The way that our world is moving, the way it’s becoming data-driven, the way that it’s becoming more and more modernized -- mathematicians are going to be central to this,” he said. "We’re in a world where we have so much data. It’s abundant, and it’s too abundant. We have all these resources and we don’t know what to do with them.”
That's why, in Urschel's view, "the 21st century is really going to be the century of the mathematician.” But Urschel says math shouldn't only be thought of as a means to a solid job and comfortable life. Fully utilized, knowledge of the subject becomes a way of solving problems both math-related and not.
"Mathematics, yes, teaches you things about triangles. It teaches you how to add numbers. It teaches you factorization,” he said. “But what it is really teaching you the entire way through, is it’s showing you how to look at some problem that you may face every day in your life, [or] a problem that is a little bit different than any problem you’ve ever faced."
"You need to take the tools you have and the things you know and your experiences from facing other problems to find the best way to solve this problem and to think through this problem," he added. "And mathematics, all the way from when you’re a little child, all the way through college, is an exercise in training you for this."
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated Urschel plays for the Seattle Seahawks. He plays for the Baltimore Ravens. Duh.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/29/john-urschel-math-problem_n_7687732.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063