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## Math topics presented in a more engaging and unorthodox fashion.

Math is already the most hated subject in schools and students have pinned math knowledge with a certain persona. The general persona is a monotone, nerd with no 'swagger'. This coupled with the rigor of the subject makes even the serious minded students tune out. This is a math lesson delivered as they've never seen nor expect. In music videos and various other forms of entertainment, a 'hood' figure who speaks with 'hood' vernacular is placed at the other end of the intelligence spectrum. This educator shows that where you come from does not speak to your intelligence or potential. Many agree that his delivery is unorthodox, interesting and rivals the explanations of seasoned professors. Some have professed that none of their collegiate educators delivered an explanation which could surpass the one given in the video. View the link and see if you agree with thousands thus far.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU6rHi6Qzcs

## Fritzie -

The first, by a very energetic speaker, has had almost 5 million views! And he spoke again at TED Global today.

In my experience, math is presented in a very wide variety of ways by different teachers and speakers. There are great and engaging teachers and professors and weak ones. With such a wide range, and as mathematicians can have an eccentric streak, I don't think any mode of speaking about the subject can truly be called orthodox.

## Diamond Graves

## Fritzie -

At that point I say that this is important for me to know, because we need to run the class to prepare them for that.

This conveys expectations that are useful and that, after all, came from what they told me their personal goals are.

You might try that in September.

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## bart hsi

The so-called common core teaching materials, especially in math, are full of idiotic explanations which are simply hard for the student to understand and impractical as well. An example is the equation; 1/2 x 1/3 = 1/6. Most of the TEDsters believe that using the pizza slices analogy is both realistic and easy to understand. But the authors in the common core attacked this approach and came up with some impractical and hard to understand explanations.More of these kind of "puzzles" are certain to turn the students off.

Another example concerned with the new rules by the education authority to delay the teaching of Algebra I until the 9th grade. First of all, history shows that math should be learned as early in age as possible. There are plenty of prodigal youngsters who can reach the level of calculus or beyond at the age of 15 or even younger, but there are extremely few adults who could develop high math skills when they didn't have the proper foundation in math when they are already adults. Furthermore, what would we teach the students in the 7-8th grade. If the problems include relatively complex solutions, then the problems can easily be solved by algebraic equations, but they have not been taught at that time. If we lay off the students on that, then it is equivalent to give THE STUDENTS A SLACK in progress during the optimal time for learning. In both cases, we turn them off of math!

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## Fritzie -

For this you have to hit just the right level of difficult so that they will get stuck... stuck...stuck... but then break through, producing that elated feeling that gets addictive. and you take them there over and over again.

That's my secret anyway. Notice it is an intrinsic thing.