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!