This is why after more than 12 years in math classes I was forced to take if I wanted to get the job that I have because I wasn't enough of a hot shot to get a waiver, I learned, well mathematically speaking, zero, ziltch, nada about math. What I did learn is that the way we teach math in the U.S. sucks about as much as the way we teach language, but that's fodder for another post.
As was recently reported in The New York Times Vi has created a series of videos, because "I want people to feel they can do this. People can. It’s mathematics that anyone can do.” Vi shares in her videos appreciation for math classes that don't bore students to death and suck as much as the classes that most of us experienced in school and left us with mathematical nightmares that still haunt us into adulthood.
If you teach math today, you don't have to suck anymore. Vi is here to help math teachers make math magical, musical and fun with her series of videos where you'll find the following.
- The infamous series of videos about doodling in math class.
- Experiments with music boxes! Videos and explanations of music boxes with a mathematical flair. Currently features a Möbius strip music box and Pachelbel's Music Box Canon.
- Instruments made of paper! Videos of them being played (while on fire, too), recordings, and instructions on how to make your own recorder, hand flute, and xylophone.
- Mathematical Balloon Twisting! Instructions and photos for the platonic solids, balloon tangles, and more!
- Other art, now featuring figure studies of hyperbolic planes. Also includes various digital art doodles, some old charcoals of mathematicians, wire sculpture, and even my award-winning StarCraft comic!
- Mathematical beadwork: how to bead a hyperbolic plane.
This video will give you a flavor for her work.