Musical Math at SJHS

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A new tradition has sprung at SJHS in Mrs. Corrin Gleave’s most advanced math classes. A unit she started just last year is her Christmas caroling unit, which she has decided to revive again this year.

Last year Mrs. Gleave had her students take a little bit of time from math, and had them rewrite words to the tunes of familiar Christmas carols. The words the students wrote all had to relate to math formulas and theorems from their book. This year the students are required to do the same thing.

Once the masterpieces have been written by the students, the whole class learns each others songs. They then go around to different teachers throughout the school to sing their formulas and theorems.

“Last year was our first caroling event, but I immediately knew it should be an annual tradition,” said Mrs. Gleave. The unit has also proven to be a great way to help students remember the formulas; students from last year remember the songs, and even those who were sung to remember them.

“The slope formula set to ‘Feliz Navidad’ and the Order of Operations set to ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ were both exceptionally hilarious!” Mrs. Gleave commented, “It is really difficult to choose favorites because students are amazingly adept at "spoofing" songs!” She continued.

Jacob Simmons, SJHS Staff Writer