Tiles, free art, and practice problems

I have a “BLOG POST” alarm on my phone that goes off every 2 weeks, which is not even all that frequent. But over the summer I just don’t have a whole ton to report.

I guess I’ve been writing a ton more practice problems in order to reach some summer financial goals. Being able to do math in order to do things like get my hotel for my friends’ wedding is actually so wonderful.

I also read lots of books about architectural drawing and have that project in the works. I want them to learn about line weights and 1-point perspective in order to draw a scale rendering of the farmhouse at school. Part of me thinks I should write a rubric now while I’m not so busy, but part of me feels like I should wait and see which kids are even in that class. We’ve definitely got a bunch of new ones I don’t know much about, which is exciting!

Did you hear that a new tessellating pentagon was discovered? We think of math as so closed and black/white right/wrong, and yet new discoveries are still being made of colorful exciting-looking things. I’ve been looking for examples of cool tilings in my everyday life. The best one was on the bathroom floor at the new Baked and Wired, where we have our bookclub meetings:

literal tiles

I see triangles, hexagons, pentagons, more triangles – this has so much potential.

I went to the Freer/Sackler galleries with my teacher friend Anna in search of some Islamic art, or some other examples of geometric tilings, but I didn’t really find what I was looking for. This bowl has some intricate patterns, but it’s not exactly a tessellation.

freer bowl

I’m trying to think of more ways I can take advantage of the Smithsonian in my quest to make my curriculum more arts-integrated. Sweet, free, wonderful Smithsonian.


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