Pi day ways to celebrate math

Epic Ways to Celebrate Pi Day

Chris Smith @aap03102 is a Maths teacher from Scotland where his irrational passion for Pi earns him geeky renown. He is an enthusiastic ambassador for the beauty and usefulness of Mathematics and shares this message with his anyone who will listen.

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In today's show, we'll discuss:

  • How Chris' car became the centerpiece of one Pi Day
  • The Pi-M-C-A song that won Chris' classroom international attention
  • The Math-sterpiece his class is creating this year
  • How to make math more exciting all year long
  • How to find your spark for math again

I hope you enjoy this episode with Chris!

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Chris Smith

Chris Smith is a Maths teacher from Scotland where his irrational passion for Pi earns him geeky renown. He is an enthusiastic ambassador for the beauty and usefulness of Mathematics and shares this message with his anyone who will listen.

Chris writes a free weekly Maths newsletter for teachers with puzzles, lesson ideas, resources, Maths facts- if you'd like to join the list of almost 2000 subscribers, send him an email (aap03102@gmail.com). He's always excited about making new connections with Maths fans across the world!

Chris regularly speaks at Maths conferences in Scotland, has delivered a TEDx talk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TACPw5NtUk), helps run the Enterprising Maths in Scotland National Final (http://www.scottishmathematicalcouncil.org/wp1/enterprising-mathematics/), is a co-creator of the free-to-download-Pi-visualiser “Pi-Wire” (http://piwire.co.uk/), serves on the TES Maths Panel (https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/blog/tes-maths-our-panel-teachers) and is a a member of the Scottish Mathematical Council (http://www.scottishmathematicalcouncil.org/wp1/members/).

Outside the world of Maths, Chris is married to Elaine, is dad to Daisy, Heidi and Logan (born in perfect arithmetic progression in 2007, 2008 and 2009), plays piano in Jiggered Ceilidh Band (http://www.jiggered.com/) and is a follower of Jesus.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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