Math Club and the Quadratic Formula Song

This is my first time ever coaching a math club.  I have wanted to start a math club since I began teaching at my school two years ago.  However, as I went from teaching high school to middle school, all of my preps were new to me and I just didn’t have time.  I finally decided this year to start an official middle school math club.  We meet about once a week at lunch time.  It has been a lot of work for me, but I think it is amazing fun!  My math club students are very eager to learn advanced math concepts and they love competition.  I even bought buzzers!

At the last math club we talked about quadratic equations and parabolas, and I showed them the quadratic formula.  I played a quadratic formula song for them and we sang it a couple of times.  Quadratic equations are  pretty advanced for my group of students, as I only have 6th and 7th graders.  But, they thought it was fun and it is always great to expose them to new things, especially when they are so receptive!  Imagine my surprise today when I heard a group of them singing the entire quadratic song out in the hallway between classes!  They weren’t in math club (or even my classroom), and they didn’t even have math this morning!  Best of all, they had learned all of the words, and taught it to several other students!  It made me smile that they were so proud of what they learned they were singing it, and even sharing it with others.  I hope that this gets more students inspired to join our math club, so that they can come and see what the fun math song is all about!

Later that day I heard them singing again on the way to the Geography Bee, so I ran up and recorded them.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  There is something very special about children singing (and loving) math!  It totally made my day!

5 thoughts on “Math Club and the Quadratic Formula Song

  1. I tweeted this, but I want to post it here too. Julie, this post almost made me cry (in a good way.) I just love that this happened, and you shared it – their unbridled happiness – skipping along and singing math songs. Just so great.

  2. I’m right there with you. I was had such a miserable day yesterday that it carried over to today. This morning I was so down. When I heard them singing, I almost started crying. It lifted my spirits so much. It made me feel that I am doing the right thing and making a difference, just when I needed it the most.

  3. Reblogged this on I Speak Math and commented:

    My wonderful friend and teacher, Rachel, started a truly inspiration blog for teachers called “One Good Thing”. It is a compilation blog where different teachers post the great stories about their day! Just reading these stories can lift up any teachers spirits! She explains the concept best in her “About” statement on her blog.

    “We are dedicated, fascinated, hard-working, inspiring. We teach. Our days are challenging. Some are great; some push us to the breaking point. Every day may not be good, but every day there is (at least) one good thing worth sharing. Here are our stories.” — Rachel

    Today I blogged on “One Good Thing” about my students singing the quadratic formula song. I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I am!

  4. Pingback: The Math Formula That Tells Us How Long Everything Will Live | Tim Batchelder.com

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