Mathisperfect.com is a website dedicated to all of my (Mr. Ruiz) mathematics classes’ lessons, units, notes, video lessons, and assignments in one convenient place. If a student asks
“Why did we do last class?
“What did I miss?”
“What am I going to miss?”
“What should I do with my life?” or any other meaningful question, I simply reply “mathisperfect” plus or minus a little clarification. The goal of the website is to continually make the website more robust with better lessons and better resources. Over the past few years, it has grown from a few chapters to the entire course.
My video lessons are screen recordings of myself teaching classes with students’ questions, comments, and concerns. It is also is unedited with the pauses, corny jokes, and all the normal day to day classroom activity. It allows my classroom to easily take on a “flipped” model as needed. Further, it allows students to work ahead or catch up as needed. If a student or parent is unsure of what happened during class, they can go back and watch the video and pause and fast forward as needed as well as check the notes the students’ should be taking.
Mathisperfect.com is not only my classroom website, it is the culture of teaching and learning in my classroom. It is a constant reminder that mathematics gives us a language for understanding how we see and explain the world. If we want to know how to speak about why the world works the way it does, we use math. We use this language through applied mathematics–called science. Not as interesting or rich as mathematics, but still mathematics nonetheless. If you missed it there, there is no subject called science, it is simply applied mathematics.
Students inevitably ask, “When are we going to use this in real life?” My reply is more than just the science application behind the math. It focuses on two parts. Math is perfect and it is frustrating. Mathematics is the only discipline that regardless of culture, religion, political party, or country in this world, everyone agrees on. Secondly, mathematics can also be frustrating (I own that domain name too, mathisfrustrating.com). I remind students that working through this frustration is a skill to learn to develop or grow in that they will take with them everywhere they go. Everyone is good at doing things they like to do, but doing something you do not want to do and doing it anyway…that is a skill that no one has. Oh, and #mathisperfect.
Submitted by Jon Ruiz, Math Department, SHS