“Gould Academy, full speed ahead” (or, “Strange things are afoot at the Academy”)

April 2, 2013

OVERHEARD IN SPAIN:“Yeah, I LOVE taking out-of-focus pictures.  But only of Natalie.  Hah hah!!”

Right back at it, folks!

Gould Academy re-started its engines after a restful March break, during which all those slothful Gould teachers and students relaxed and rested by:

  • Traveling to Spain for a 10-day exchange.
  • Traveling to China to play basketball against a school of 5000’s best players.
  • Traveling to India to remind ourselves what 90 degrees feels like.
  • Traveling to Tanzania to avoid being eaten by hyenas on the Serengeti.
  • Climbing mountains in France.
  • Biking up mountains in the Carolinas, then biking back down because, hey, free downhill!
  • Playing lacrosse day and night in preseason camp.
  • Executing a number of really cool Senior Point projects all over the world.

Yup, that’s us.  Slothful all the way. Do we ever really rest here at the Academy?

So anyway I did some extensive research into what teachers do on the first day back in classes (stopped in Ms Frailey’s Geometry class on the way to my classroom), and I discovered tessellations.


Being the guy that was:

A: Not smart enough to get past trigonometry in high school, but

2: Smart enough to marry a math wizard,

I was able to formulate a probing, intelligent question for the seven students in the classroom: “So, like, what IS a tessellation?”  And I was rewarded with a concise, clear-as-day answer from one of the students: “It’s those things over there on the cork board!” And after some more probing (I asked “Huh?”) I was rewarded with a real answer:

“A pattern of shapes that fit perfectly together, without spaces between.”  When I stated to this group of students that I thought I knew what they meant:

10th grade all-star Geometry class, circa 8:15am.

They suggested that they could simply show me (how did they know that my family is from Missouri?)-

human tessellation.


OK,  here’s a REAL tessellation that all-star Geometry student John Canning ’15 sent me:


Then I asked them what an icosahedron was.  They kicked me out of class.

Next week maybe I’ll visit a Biology class and ask what a virus looks like…


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