Monday, April 6, 2015

Math Monday - Elapsed Time Saved Me

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I can't wait to see my students today and hear all about their time away as we return from spring break.  I have my own story to share and it's all about elapsed time...

It's only 4.5 minutes of my life!  It will have moments where it stops.  If you are NOT a fan of roller coasters you can get through this ride.  This was all the important information I gathered from my guide book for Universal Studios.  In particular the ride - Escape from Gringotts.  The experience leading up to the actual ride was a must to see - so I decided to be brave.

The scenes Leading up the actual ride was worth every minute of the ride.  What actually happened when I was on the ride - white knuckles, closed eyes, opened eyes at pauses to see images from Harry Potter, shaking legs, shaking arms, and I'd like to think of it as meditation but I kept repeating it's only 4.5 minutes of my life!

Later on the next day - my trusty guide book called Flight of Hippogriff a junior roller coaster and it was only to be 1 minute of my life.  It didn't look too bad.  There weren't any major dips and 1 minute is a quarter-ish of the ride Escape from Gringotts Bank, I can do this.  Let's just say, I gripped the lap/lock you in bar tightly and closed my eyes the whole way!  There's a reason I hadn't been on a roller coaster for 29 years.

I found myself very thankful for having to teach students how to tell time, especially elapsed time.  I think it's very important to share and show how we use math in our own lives.  I'd love to know if you have any interesting stories to share about math as a part of your life.

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1 comment :

  1. Mandy,
    I use this same strategy for things I don't enjoy doing.
    "Just think in 2 hours this will be a memory and I will be wondering why I was worried."