• Robert Ahdoot

Our future is watching us.

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

Learning math with laughter, fun, and cashews, of course.
Learning math with laughter, fun, and cashews, of course.

This moment in our lives is unfathomable. It is my steadfast belief that each of us has a chance to make our future world proud. What we do now so deeply matters, and it is with this energy and mindset that I live these days.

I surmise that all of us have come to loathe political slant. So I've included some math/science resources to help us better understand what's happening. Here are some pages that have helped me understand this situation as objectively as I can:

1.) Worldometers.info/coronavirus

Numbers don't lie, and this site is a no-nonsense visual/numeric resource for tracking the new coronavirus's growth. The number of cases (known and unknown) grow exponentially, as in, times 2 every several days. You can see that by the tails in the graphs.

2.) Visual representation for the effectiveness of social distancing

This includes four mesmerizing animated simulations depicting how transmission spreads, and how to slow it.

Ready or not, here we homeschool!

With school closures across the country, millions of parents are taking up the new responsibility of educating their kids at home. With this realization, I wanted to make a video to serve as a fun and simple example of how we can make learning both engaging and effective for our kids at home.

To me, this video essentially has two audiences. Those of you in audience #1 will like the video because my daughter absolutely steals the show and shines like a light. Watching her learn is beyond endearing, and I challenge any of you not to smile while watching.

Audience #2, in addition to enjoying the flow of learning, is also fascinated by the subtle strategies I do during the learning, to keep her engaged. You can see an example of this front-and-center within her last challenge, whereby having the foresight to remain quiet, I allowed her to conjure her own breakthrough. It's seriously so beautiful to witness, parenting bias aside.

Here is that new video, and right below, I typed out a list of every tactic I employed, in the hopes that it elevates your teaching game. Enjoy.

0:28 I ask her if she wants to play, to create buy-in

0:56 I ask her to confirm how many cashews, to check for understanding

1:29 I ask her to explain how, to solidify her answer

1:52 "Your turn!", I let her lead

2:28 I get fingers/body involved, to make learning physical as well

3:24 Again asked her how

3:58 I don't overpraise, allowing the joy to come from her

4:02She sets the next game's rules, and even changes it on the fly at 4:13

4:58 I first got too involved, she said 'wait', so I clammed up

5:06 Saying "no" with gentle and neutral tone, no judgement

5:33 Reminding her it's fun, to match her reaction

5:45 Reminding her what she knows, to jog her thinking

5:52 Neutrally asking her why throughout, whether she's right or wrong

6:11 Extended the life of the learning moment without giving anything away

6:20 Invited her to take as much time as she needed... no rushing

6:38 Simple positive reaction upon her breakthrough