Profitable Careers in Mathematics

BMO FinancialIn spite of the mathematics decline in schools across America in recent years, being a high school mathematics teacher sometimes keeps me distracted from what else is going on in the workforce. Friends like to joke with me and say, “Those who can’t do, teach,” and sometimes I take this to heart a little too much. But regardless of my own personal experiences with my mathematical knowledge, there are other attractive job opportunities on the market where attaining a math degree can be very rewarding more so now than before. I will present some of them here in hopes to motivate those who are still sitting on the fence about what career to pursue based upon the benefits of arithmetic.

I suppose it would only be appropriate for me to begin with the field of mathematics. Such professions in computer services, banking, insurance, education and industry will all branch out from the formidable tree of math if you obtain a college major in it. For those starting out in these careers, the median starting salary is placed around $47,000 annually. If you continue on to the mid-career stage then a salary of $97,600 per year is not out of reach. That doesn’t sound too shabby if I do say so myself. [Read more...]

The Decline of Math in US Schools

MathOver my career as a high school math educator I have literally seen the interest and drive from students to excel in mathematics come to a serious decline. When I say decline I’m not just talking about a very slow and gradual process but rather one that has practically arrived over night. I wasn’t very surprised when I learned that schools across America soon began to minimize math standards to where they had never been before.

I can still recall when I was quite younger and teaching in the late 1990s there were many occasions when students would work up the nerve to ask me why they even needed to learn a lot of the content I was teaching them. Algebra and the Pythagorean Theorem were two of the most common subjects that would trigger such questions. I would always reply with the same answer and tell them that they needed to learn these areas of math because they would use them some day. I could tell that my response was only effective about half of the time. But here and now two decades later, I’m getting this inquiry almost on a weekly to monthly basis and I’m running out of convincing explanations.

So why exactly is this all going on then? What is causing it? There is no doubting that it is happening right now. When an international look at the competitiveness of mathematics was conducted, the results found that America has now been grouped somewhere in the middle of the bundle when it comes to not only mathematics, but science and technology as well. Students from nations such as China and South Korea have picked up the ball where America has dropped it. A separate international study was also carried out when 150 000 people aged 16 through 65 were questioned in 24 different nations. The results for our country here in the U.S. were absolutely embarrassing to say the least. We used to be one of the global leaders in technology and innovation but now we’ve more than lost our edge. [Read more...]

Careers That Use Math Everyday

AstronomyHello again, it’s everyone’s favorite middle-aged high school math teacher, me. Okay, I’m kidding obviously but I do hope you are getting something out of my little math-related blogs that I get to make available from time to time. I’m an educator and most importantly I just want people to learn, regardless of their age.

Right now I want to talk a little more about the importance of mathematics and how it can be applied to everyday life – especially from the career aspect. Despite how many have adverse feelings about arithmetic, I would like to encourage those that enjoy it to really grasp and understand what options they have available to them. When you take this subject as seriously as I do, you may very well be surprised at what potential jobs are available out there on the market. The economy certainly can’t be trusted to self-correct any time soon, so if you feel that you have a genuine love and strength in mathematics then you should take the remainder of this article to learn and reflect upon what future options might be accessible to you.

I first want to zero in on some of the professions that require the more vigorous and advanced mathematical capabilities. Even for those that have limited imaginations, it should be uncomplicated to assume that office and classroom-oriented careers such as mathematicians, physicists, drafters, accountants, cost estimators and professors will fall into this classification. [Read more...]

Computing for the Cost of Office Space Rental

According to the 2013 statistics, there is an increase of 2.1% in the price of office space per square foot in the US. It is mainly because of the recession that hit the country a few years ago. For usual office spaces that have an average of 1,500 square foot, the said increase would mean $60-$80 more for monthly rental. Therefore, if you are planning to get an office space to rent, is it really worth the cost? Is it the best time to rent an office space?

Cost-Effective Choices

If you want to avoid spending much for office space rental, location is the key. You need to make sure that you find a place that has a perfect location. Don’t look for an office space in the metro as it could be beyond what you can afford. You should also avoid some cities that have drastic increase in the average office space monthly rental.

Another way to reduce your expenses is to know exactly the size of the office space. Don’t go for a place that is too big when there are only a few employees working. You should also include the equipment and guest reception area in calculating for the office space that you need. By determining this ahead of time, it will be a lot easier for you to trim down the options.

Finding a Place in New York

Based on a study conducted in 2013, New York is one of the worst places to get an office space. The price of office space rental has drastically increased. For instance, New York, New York has increased at an average of 4.4% placing the average price at almost $50 per square foot. This is way higher than many other cities in the country.

However, if you wish to find the best commercial real estate in NYC, go here and find the best options. Just because New York office space rental has increased, it does not mean you should rule out getting an office space there. If the returns are a lot higher, then it is worth the cost after all.

Recommending Curling Irons for Students to Use During Prom

High schools juniors and seniors always look forward to prom. This is one of the most important and most memorable parts of high school life. In fact, some students look forward to this moment as early as when they were first year. However, not everyone finds it easy to deal with prom and all its details. This is true especially for the girls. There are those who are not comfortable in wearing a gown. Some others don’t like wearing makeup. There are those who don’t even know the right styling that matches them for formal occasions.

This is just normal for students who have been totally focused on their studies. They don’t necessarily see prom as something special. Instead, they just have to attend the event since everyone else will. Otherwise, they will be branded as uncool. As teachers, it is our duty to make sure that everyone enjoys the prom. It is in fact the reason why we go to the event and take care of the students’ welfare. Therefore, even before the prom begins, we have to make sure that everyone enjoys every single moment of the preparation.

Curling Irons are the Magic Wands

Over the years of attending prom, there is one problem that keeps on repeating. It is the issue of what hairstyle best fits them. Most girls don’t know what to do with the hair to let it match with their entire outfit. There are also those who are not from well-off families and are not able to afford a professional to do a makeover. This is when I have started recommending the use of high quality curling irons. I always tell them that this is a magic wand that girls can use during the prom.

The good thing about a curling iron is that it can either create soft curls of heavy volumes. Either way, there will always be a specific type of gown that will match the said hairstyle. Therefore, all the students have to do is to use the curling iron and curl the end of their hair or curl it all the way up. The process can be done in just minutes. Thus, if there is no one to help them out, these curling irons are the perfect solutions.

Portable Curling Irons

There are also those who wanted to retouch every now and then. Therefore, with the help of portable curling irons, they can now adjust the curls or do more curls even if the program has started. With this, they will look amazing all night long. Portable irons run via batteries and they are small. Therefore, it can fit in a small bag that most girls use during prom.

The Best Choice

There are lots of curling iron models to choose from. The best way to determine which one is the best is to check the type of curls that they want. It also pays to look for popular brands. Most of all, the curling iron must have the ability to curl the hair and let it stay that way over a long period of time. For those who wish to get the best curling iron, visit here. The details of the best curling wand may be found at http://www.woocurls.com/what-is-the-best-curling-wand-for-your-hair/

The Benefits of a Portable Toilet Near Classrooms

As a teacher for a long time, one of the things that irritate me is if my students keep on going out for a toilet break. However, this is something beyond my control. I cannot stop them either if they really wanted to go to the toilet. The sad part is that there are students who have issues in urinating and they have to keep on going out of the room. Worse, there are those who stay long inside the toilet or might not even return until the class is over.

This is something that I worry about being a teacher. Under my class, it is my responsibility to ensure that they are all safe. Therefore, if they are outside the room and I am busy inside for the other students, I don’t necessarily realize when they have come back or if they have not come back at all. This is why I highly recommend that portable toilets be placed near classroom.

Benefits of Portable Toilets

If there are portable toilets near classrooms, it will be easier for teachers to see if the students are really in the toilet or not. It is also beneficial for the students as they need not go somewhere far just to pee. They may also monitored by other teachers who also monitor their own student.

Portable toilets are easy to clean and are of low maintenance. Therefore, if you worry that is it quite unhygienic, you have nothing to worry about. In fact, many schools have tried it out and have seen positive results. Those students who need to go out every now and then due to urinary issues will now find it easier to deal with their problem.

Finding Portable Toilets

There are lots of companies that offer this type of toilet. They may be bought or leased. You just need to determine the number that is needed to be installed in the school. The budget of the school should also be considered. Once the company is chosen, you can now go ahead and seal the deal. for portable toilets for sale or rentals, visit Portable Toilet Co. here.

My Calculative Approach in Solving My Hair Removal Woes

I think my genes are cursed with unwanted hair. We are two siblings, and my sister, who is older than me, has a serious problem of hair sprouting on her arms, legs, stomach and even her back, much more than in my case. I don’t really remember my mother having similar problems, and my dad was not particularly hirsute too. I find it awkward, clearing up out of place and unsightly hair from my shoulders, back and my abdomen. Since we both had this problem, more so my sister, we used to help each other out using simple hair removal measures, starting with shaving and epilation.

Unfortunately, she is the peripatetic kind, as her job requires her to shift base every now and again. In her absence, I was forced to visit beauty salons for hair removal. So was she. When I totted up my bills at the end of the month, I’d be shocked at how much this unwanted hair was costing me. Just waxing my chest, eyebrows and the back of my neck would set me back a hundred bucks a month. My abdomen and back would hit me another hundred fifty a month. Add to that the post wax-treatment lotions, another thirty dollars gone. I’m no Oprah; my unwanted hair was really pinching my finances. Then my mathematical tendencies set in. I thought to myself: what if I could do all this myself? Even if I had to pay a thousand dollars upfront getting the necessary equipment and training, it would pay for itself within months. Add to the fact that I could share this cost with my sister, it seemed a no-brainer. But convincing my sister would be a hurdle. She doesn’t share my logical inclinations and would balk whenever I try to ‘do the sums’ to convince her. She is the type of person who is reluctant to get out of her comfort zone once she settles into a routine (even as I’m typing this I can imagine her telling me how nice the therapist is, or how dangerous it is to do hair removal DIY…) I knew I needed to do detailed research and present to her with such a compelling alternative she just cannot casually dismiss.

So I did what I had to do: research. Times have changed. Excessive hair is an accepted fact, even if the afflicted person finds it depressing. More and more methods of removing hair are coming out and the last word in hair removal appears to be laser treatment. Surveys have shown that this process is the most common depilation procedure in the U.S. It is a simple procedure. Highly amplified light is beamed onto hair follicles, effectively vaporizing them and eradicating the hair. Lasers can be used on any part of the body because of its extremely small beam width. The advantages are:

  • Precision. Laser beams target the relatively dark and thick hair, without affecting the skin.
  • Speed. Laser pulses take microseconds and treat many strands of hair simultaneously. Small areas like the lips are treated in around 30-40 seconds. Areas like the back take between 30-45 minutes.
  • Predictability. 90% of patients report permanent depilation in four to five sittings.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has calculated that the cost for laser therapy is $235 per sitting, on the average. With the additional cost of lotions, creams, etc., I can expect a thousand dollar dent in my wallet. It would be far more cost effective to buy an at-home laser hair removal system. A desktop version will set me back between $450-500, whereas a portable system costs under $300. One laser lamp should last for 1,500 flashes, or three to four full body sessions. Replacement cartridges cost $30-35 each. If more than one person in a family uses it, overall session costs drop markedly to an average of $50-60. Since each session saves up to $175 compared to salon treatment, I can recover my investment in two to three sittings! Mathematically, it just makes perfect sense to go DIY!

However, I also need to preempt my sisters risk aversion, so I would also need to do my research on which specific laser hair removal system would be the safest and minimizes the possibility of pain discomfort, and in the worst cases, injury.

I am currently evaluating several FDA cleared home laser hair removal kits. Based on an article I found on beyondtalk.net, which compares the Tria 4X with the Remington i-Light Pro, among other systems, I have shortlisted those 2 devices as my most likely eventual purchase. The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X laser kit is priced at close to $500, since it uses a patented system that has done away with lamp replacement. If lucky, you may find it at a discounted price of $400-450. I find it a hassle free and user friendly system. The Remington IPL6000USA I-Light Pro kit is cheaper, at under $400. This unit has a lamp guaranteed for 1,500 flashes, making its replacement indirectly dependent on the type and quantity of hair to be removed per session. I expect it to last through four sessions. The fact that the lamp needs replacement is acceptable, considering total overall cost. In order to make my sister feel like she is being consulted before making a decision, I will ask her to help make the choice together. If everything goes well, I could save some serious money and solve my hairy woes at the same time very soon!

My Calculative Approach in Solving My Hair Removal Woes

I think my genes are cursed with unwanted hair. We are two siblings, and my sister, who is older than me, has a serious problem of hair sprouting on her arms, legs, stomach and even her back, much more than in my case. I don’t really remember my mother having similar problems, and my dad was not particularly hirsute too. I find it awkward, clearing up out of place and unsightly hair from my shoulders, back and my abdomen. Since we both had this problem, more so my sister, we used to help each other out using simple hair removal measures, starting with shaving and epilation.

Unfortunately, she is the peripatetic kind, as her job requires her to shift base every now and again. In her absence, I was forced to visit beauty salons for hair removal. So was she. When I totted up my bills at the end of the month, I’d be shocked at how much this unwanted hair was costing me. Just waxing my chest, eyebrows and the back of my neck would set me back a hundred bucks a month. My abdomen and back would hit me another hundred fifty a month. Add to that the post wax-treatment lotions, another thirty dollars gone. I’m no Oprah; my unwanted hair was really pinching my finances. Then my mathematical tendencies set in. I thought to myself: what if I could do all this myself? Even if I had to pay a thousand dollars upfront getting the necessary equipment and training, it would pay for itself within months. Add to the fact that I could share this cost with my sister, it seemed a no-brainer. But convincing my sister would be a hurdle. She doesn’t share my logical inclinations and would balk whenever I try to ‘do the sums’ to convince her. She is the type of person who is reluctant to get out of her comfort zone once she settles into a routine (even as I’m typing this I can imagine her telling me how nice the therapist is, or how dangerous it is to do hair removal DIY…) I knew I needed to do detailed research and present to her with such a compelling alternative she just cannot casually dismiss.

So I did what I had to do: research. Times have changed. Excessive hair is an accepted fact, even if the afflicted person finds it depressing. More and more methods of removing hair are coming out and the last word in hair removal appears to be laser treatment. Surveys have shown that this process is the most common depilation procedure in the U.S. It is a simple procedure. Highly amplified light is beamed onto hair follicles, effectively vaporizing them and eradicating the hair. Lasers can be used on any part of the body because of its extremely small beam width. The advantages are:

  • Precision. Laser beams target the relatively dark and thick hair, without affecting the skin.
  • Speed. Laser pulses take microseconds and treat many strands of hair simultaneously. Small areas like the lips are treated in around 30-40 seconds. Areas like the back take between 30-45 minutes.
  • Predictability. 90% of patients report permanent depilation in four to five sittings.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has calculated that the cost for laser therapy is $235 per sitting, on the average. With the additional cost of lotions, creams, etc., I can expect a thousand dollar dent in my wallet. It would be far more cost effective to buy an at-home laser hair removal system. A desktop version will set me back between $450-500, whereas a portable system costs under $300. One laser lamp should last for 1,500 flashes, or three to four full body sessions. Replacement cartridges cost $30-35 each. If more than one person in a family uses it, overall session costs drop markedly to an average of $50-60. Since each session saves up to $175 compared to salon treatment, I can recover my investment in two to three sittings! Mathematically, it just makes perfect sense to go DIY!

However, I also need to preempt my sisters risk aversion, so I would also need to do my research on which specific laser hair removal system would be the safest and minimizes the possibility of pain discomfort, and in the worst cases, injury.

I am currently evaluating several FDA cleared home laser hair removal kits. Based on an article I found on beyondtalk.net, which compares the Tria 4X with the Remington i-Light Pro, among other systems, I have shortlisted those 2 devices as my most likely eventual purchase. The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X laser kit is priced at close to $500, since it uses a patented system that has done away with lamp replacement. If lucky, you may find it at a discounted price of $400-450. I find it a hassle free and user friendly system. The Remington IPL6000USA I-Light Pro kit is cheaper, at under $400. This unit has a lamp guaranteed for 1,500 flashes, making its replacement indirectly dependent on the type and quantity of hair to be removed per session. I expect it to last through four sessions. The fact that the lamp needs replacement is acceptable, considering total overall cost. In order to make my sister feel like she is being consulted before making a decision, I will ask her to help make the choice together. If everything goes well, I could save some serious money and solve my hairy woes at the same time very soon!

Seeing Fractals Everywhere

For a lot of people, math is not something which they see or which affects them on a daily basis. The truth is that math is intrinsic in nature. Math is everywhere, if you just know where to look. Then again, if you see the patterns on a daily basis, it gets to be part of the background, and just a lot of white noise.

For instance, the concept of randomness is not easily explained. A study was made where people were shown two pictures of supposed rain splatter patter. One picture had evenly spaced dots, and the other picture showed wildly varying dots and distances. Most people thought that the evenly spaced dots was the real rain pattern. In truth, randomness, has more variances in distance between dots, as well as dot sizes.

Take, for instance, pressure washers. The force of the washer and the pattern of the flow could be expressed in terms of equations. However, there is no easy way to know all the variables to describe the water forced out of the pressure washer. This is one instance when the math is transparent, or invisible. The results would only be seen in terms of words which are understandable. You can read electric pressure washer reviews and you would understand the words but not know the math. The only way to know what the best electric pressure washer would be is to limit your variables to what is necessary for your needs.

Like most things in life, keeping things simple would be the best way to understand some things. It would also help to limit the available choices. Going back to the pressure washer example above, when it comes to choosing from a wide variety of items, you have to know the main use. You don’t need to have a 3,000 PSI washer, if you’re only going to wash your car. Using a high-pressure washer might damage the car’s paint job. You only need a 1,500 PSI pressure washer in order to clean your car thoroughly and fast.

There may be other variables which you would want to consider when buying a pressure washer. These all depend on what the job is. There are pressure washers which work well for roofs, house sidings, boats, and boardwalks. Understanding the need would make the job of choosing something that much easier.

Of course, there are other variables which may not be related to the job. These are secondary considerations of variables which you would consider because they matter. Some of these things include noise level, hose length, materials used, power requirements, type of pressure washers, etc. These secondary considerations may not have any performance impact, but in the long run, these may turn out to be the most important. A case in point was the Concorde, supersonic airliner. It was a beautiful plane which performed its brief beautifully. Unfortunately, there was concern about sonic boom, and this limited the areas where it could fly supersonic. This made airlines think twice about buying the plane.

It’s Time for the Math Quiz Bee!

Setting up the annual math quiz contest is no joke. It takes about 20 teachers to prepare for this event. Oftentimes, we start preparation for the contest as soon as the last one is concluded. Planning the questions, testing the equations and solving for the solutions takes some time – especially since the answers are open to protest. Like any good quiz contest, the list of the panel of judges must also be put together carefully in order to come up with an impressive line up. It takes several months to get an acceptance and commitment from these math luminaries.

Most of them are professors from different universities and half the time, we have to fly them here and book them at a hotel or prepare a suitable apartment for them within the campus. It’s hard work yes but it is always worth it in the end.

Part of the planning committee’s responsibilities is designing the banner and advertising materials for the math quiz contest. We also try to do this in advance in order to get the designs approved by the other committees. Every year too, we make it a point to design an official t-shirt in several colors. The colors are what tells the different committees apart from one another: there’s black for the stage and technical crew; white for the advertising and promotions; red for logistics and so on and so forth. For the core people, we also have our names printed at the back of our shirts in order to make it easier for people to fins us during the event itself.

For our custom t shirts, we’ve always relied on www.wordans.co.uk. We’ve always loved the quality of their shirts and their prompt service. At times, we ask them to deliver the shirts right to our office as we are very busy with preparations to take the time to drive outside. We just send them the specifics of our orders (size, color, names to be printed) and they deliver without any hassle. This company has been our first choice for many years now and we don’t think that will change in the years to come. They’re as much a part of the annual math quiz contest as the school mascot.

Reasons Why Teachers are Highly Vulnerable to Varicose Veins

Teaching is indeed a rewarding job. It may not be as high paying as many other jobs out there, but it can be very fulfilling. Sadly, teachers are exposed to potential health risks due to the nature of their job. One of these problems is varicose veins. Studies have shown that lots of teachers have varicose veins or have complained about leg pains. This is true especially for those who have been teaching for a long time now.

Acquiring Varicose Veins

There are many ways in which teachers deliver their lessons. They might just opt to sit down while discussing the lesson. However, their delivery will be more effective when they stand up and talk with conviction. Standing for at least an hour a day is fine. However, teachers have to teach for several hours a day. During this time, they have to move stand up. If this is done on a daily basis, imagine what could happen to their legs since they carry the entire body weight.

Aside from standing for a long time, female teachers also wear high heels. This adds up to the burden on their legs. This is why over time; varicose veins have started to develop. Since it is the nature of their job to stand up and wear heels to look formal, teachers are really susceptible to varicose veins.

What Needs to be Done

In order to solve the problem, the best thing to do is to arrange the lesson in such a way that there is no need to stand all the time. If it is inevitable to stand over a long time, the teacher should walk and move the legs so that blood flow will continue. After the class, it is important to take the entire break to sit down and not do anything stressful. For female teachers, it is encouraged that ordinary slippers or flat shoes be used when not in the class. When required to wear shoes with heels, just go for a pair with 2-3 inches of heels. This will lessen the pressure on the legs.

Varicose Veins Treatment

If the problem has gotten worse, the best possible way to deal with the problem is to go for sclerotherapy. This is a modern method in which chemicals are injected into the affected areas so that the varicose veins won’t be too visible anymore. You might also go for laser surgery in which the affected areas will be treated with laser so they will even out. Phlebectomy is also another option for worst cases. Small incisions are made to remove the veins that are affected. It takes time to recover from this surgery, but it works.

If you are one of those who suffer from varicose veins, you need to seek for help now. If you need to find the best Pittsburgh varicose vein treatments available, check this out. On the other hand, if you are searching for varicose vein treatment in Phoenix, visit http://www.presantvein.com/varicose-vein-treatment.htm .

A New Way of Teaching

We live in a digital world these days and that’s the way most schools are going. I can remember using a blackboard and chalk to get my point across, now its computers and tablets and digital presentations.  For some of the old-school teachers it can be a bit difficult to get to grips with some of these things but I found a number of mobile apps that can make lessons easier to teach and more fun – and fun is something we all need in our lives!

  • Apps for Screen Casting

Presentations are an important part of teaching, even Math and there are some pretty good apps that let you create video presentations. Your students can create their own videos as well and many of these apps work together.

  • Apps for Note Taking

We all hate taking notes. By the end of the lesson your handwriting is complete unreadable, you’ve lost all feeling in your hand and your brain is numb.  There are a number of note taking apps that make the job a doddle, leaving your students more time to concentrate on the lesson.

  • Apps for Cloud Storage

It’s the done thing. No one keeps their files on their computers or in a filing cabinet any more, it’s all put in the cloud.  This is a good thing for teachers who use computers in their classes – it means lessons are easily accessible by everyone and your files are completely backed up. Students can submit their homework online now, no need for carrying heavy books or complaining that the dog ate their homework!  If your school doesn’t have access to cloud storage, suggest they contact this company

  • Apps for Presentation

These are different to the screen casting apps. These make it easy for a teacher to give a professional presentation, whether it is to a class of students or to a room full of school governors. 

  • Apps for Classroom Management

There are plenty of apps that will help you to organize your classroom. Classroom management apps let you arrange seating, picking students to do specific tasks, etc. There are also the more advanced ones that work if you and your students all use mobile devices to work on as they help you to synchronize them all and work together more effectively.

Gearing up for Math Con in Rio!


It isn’t only students and young professionals who look forward to conventions. There’s the Star Trek convention as well as the ever popular comicon (short for comics convention) which draw in millions of fans every year. It’s as much a circus as a grand arena filled with people clad in colorful and ostentatious costumes. The funny thing is people really look forward to these events. Some even prepare their costumes for next year as soon as the comicon event concludes.

In the math world, there is also such a thing as a Math convention. It’s not as colorful or as well-attended and covered by the media, but for us participants, it’s certainly something to look forward to. Personally, I’ve only attended a few such events because of budget and time constraints. Having children means I cannot travel abroad as much as I wanted to. Being a teacher also means filling in for other duties in the school such as chaperoning during proms and other school events.

Anyway, I’m all excited about this year’s math convention because it’s going to be held in Brazil. It’s a country that I had visited in one of my South America tours when I was still in college. The country is very popular this year because of the World Cup competitions. While I am not a fan of the sport, the idea of witnessing the grand carnivals in Rio is enough to make me all worked up. It’s something fun, magical and breathtaking. For a moment there, you can forget that you are a mousy math teacher and just join in the fun and the dancing.

The best par about it is that I’ll be traveling with my co teachers. Imagine mathcon to be something like a camp for teachers. There are games, quiz bees, cooking competitions as well as battle of the bands. Yes, there will be a soccer match too since it will be taking place in Brazil. This year’s math convention promises to be an all-out extravaganza to help math teachers gain more confidence and break stereotypes. I can’t wait to get there!