## Thursday, April 4, 2013

### iCECREAM exponents

Welp folks, complex numbers are now complete and we are on our way into Quadratics.... after a brief stop at the midterm next week. While the kids were testing today, I decided to draw up a concept that a student and I had combined efforts on.

At the beginning of complex numbers, we discussed the concept of "i" and how when it is raised to certain powers, it can take on different values, alternating between 4 distinct ones. To help remember what i raised to a certain power is, we create the coordinate plane and remember to divide the exponent by 4. This generic explanation did not sit well with some of my kids. When needing to explain the concept to a friend, a student decided to put this in terms of popsicles and how much eating several popsicles would cost.

I decided to tweak this a bit and put it in terms of icecream scoops! She saw the result of my drawing today and absolutely loved it so I will share it with you!

What do you think? Does it make sense or should I tweak it some more?

## Monday, April 1, 2013

### Moving On and Moving Up

Sorry for the lack of posts recently! I haven't said anything about it recently but those of you (a few) who regularly follow this blog might have noticed a lack of posts and rather short posts. As of last week, I became the proud owner of my own condo!

Now, many of you know that moving is not the most pleasant of events. Packing and Packing and Packing.... Ugh. BUT, I do have all summer coming up to pinterest attack the condo! Stay tuned!!

The kids have been curious about the process of purchasing a condo so this has lead to quite the interesting conversations about finances with the children. They've decided that they will be dieting on ramen noodles when it comes there time.

Anyways, this whole process has taken place over Easter break and is continuing on to next week while simultaneously responding to emails from parents/students and grading a project I have coming back this week and a test. Ugh. I will have loads to do next weekend on top of moving! But through this all, you still hear nice things :)

Like from this mother....

"you are all to be commended for running a fine academic program that provides such an opportunity to kids to excel (if only they get off their collective duffs now and then)!"

As teachers, we rarely hear accolades but when we do, it comes at the perfect times <3