Location: Bribie Island Queensland Australia Posts: 407 Joined: 2005-04-03
As you know I am Library Technician and last April I started a new position in a school Prep to year 12 called the Glass House Country Christian College. The library employed a brand new Librarian as well, together we are helping the teacher aide who had run the library - catalogue the collection. Well guess who gets to do the Prep to Year 6 math equipment!! While I struggle with putting the puzzles together (aged 3 and up of course)
I still manage to amuse myself!! I found a plain solid- not coloured heavy square block of wood with grooves on it- carved in small squares on each side. I picked it up and examined it and thought this would make a great door stop, or paper weight but what the heck would I use it for? so I asked the Librarian what it was?
Well believe it or not this piece of wood had a name and had a thousand squares on it - yes you actually count them!. In fact They use it for counting! and things. Good grief I thought where is the excitement with this piece of wood? - what a thrill to sit and count aimless squares? what a hoot to use this item in anything? Except maybe squashing a bug on the floor with it - just a suggestion. Oh well math never did fire my imagination. But today I have to feel for the poor kid sitting counting sqaures somewhere in a quiet corner on a block of wood. Wow we have come a long way! (I think I'd rather stick pins in my eyes) but then again thats just me!! Wish me luck I'm up to shapes next -what is that thing called with six sides - good grief!!
Albert Einstein said: "Many of the things you can count, don't count. Many of the things you can't count, really count!."