Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Math Vlog?

I've always been driven by incentives, which I can thank to my wonderful parents and video games... and money. I regret never volunteering much, and whenever I get around to having a munchkin or two, I will attempt to instill a sense of volunteerism in them. This is obviously a lot easier said than done, especially for my lazy and self-centered ass!

Over the past few years, I have become pretty good at using incentives to force me into doing positive things. I've never had good study or work habits, so being a substitute teacher has a chance of really flopping. As long as I don't look up jobs, I don't have to work! This is almost better than Dr. Chako's gig! My excuse today for not taking a job was rain, and not wanting to spend four hours in a car to get to and from school. I can see my excuses getting questionable in a hurry, especially if I get another season's pass to go skiing...

In order to get myself out of the house and working, I have set one rule down so far. If I don't get a sub job, I have to go for a run. This is pretty good incentive to get a job for a non-runner (coupled with the money incentive for working). Also, I am toying with the idea of creating a math YouTube channel, and for each day I don't sub, I have to post a video. I am unsure how exactly the YouTube channel will work, but I follow a few YouTube channels, which update daily. I figure if I post enough videos and check out other math vlogs, I can squeeze in to whatever math teacher vlog community there is.

As far as the math videos go, I've been browsing around different videos, and the boring videos where people stand up and solve a problem on a white board is NOT what I want to do. I'm aiming at math concepts from middle school, which in my experience so far is mainly algebra and geometry, possibly lumped in with integrated math (I'm not sure exactly what "integrated" math is, but I remember taking the class). A lot of the comments on math YouTube videos are "how is this pertinent?" Using this as a base, I think I will try to use middle school math concepts and create pertinent examples as problems to solve.

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4 Comments:

Blogger DrChako said...

Nothing is better than my gig. Too bad I have to give it up.

The vlog idea sounds interesting. Of course I'll watch, but I had no idea there was a community. You should try to integrate math babes.

-DrC

10:59 PM  
Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

Dear Dr. Math can you post a video on how to properly calculate the size of your penis. I am sure this will get you more subbing jobs.

7:28 AM  
Blogger MHG said...

Calculating penis sizes requires different strategies for different people. Sho shmall... sho shmall.

9:28 AM  
Blogger BLAARGH! said...

Poker math for middle schoolers....

11:10 AM  

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