“Gould Academy, full speed ahead” (or, “Strange things are afoot at the Academy”)
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:
They suggested that they could simply show me (how did they know that my family is from Missouri?)-
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…