The blog I chose to read for the assignment was called dy/dan. Dan is a high school math teacher and tries many different things to make math interesting to students who don’t like math. He takes many activities and turns them into something fun that is also educational so you can use it in the classroom. One of my favorite activities that he started was called the “money duck.” It featured a duck made out of soap that had money in the middle of it. The bill inside the soap could be $1, $5, $10, $20 or EVEN $50.
So it seems pretty cool right? Buy some soap and get money back for it? Well, what is the probability that you will get a $50 or even a $20 bill? Is the soap worth it to buy or will you always end up with a $1 bill? This activity was really interesting to me because of all the new “prize candles” and “diamond candle” schemes that are popping up all over the internet. How many $50 bars of soap can the company afford to make and still be making a profit? How would a teacher incorporate this “money duck” into a lesson and make it relevant to the curriculum?
The reason that I liked Dan’s blog was because he presented the problem and asked people to comment back on the post about how they would try and incorporate this into their own lesson, before he gave how he incorporated it. Dan also included many videos and lesson ideas and also “featured” other blogger’s comments on his future posts.
“dy/dan” was a great blog and I have subscribed to keep trying to get new ideas for sometime in the future when I can incorporate these fun ideas into a classroom of my own!