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Social Media for Mathematicians

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As part of an optional extra credit project, students in Heather Trifiletti’s math classes at James Wilson Young Middle School created mock Instagram accounts for mathematicians throughout history. These “accounts” featured “posts” from the mathematicians’ points-of-view and “comments” by their contemporaries that demonstrate the public response to their work during their lifetimes. The research that went into this assignment gave the students valuable historical context for development of modern mathematics.

Learning History Through Humor

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Social studies teacher James Molinari has been creating memes as a fun way to engage his students at James Wilson Young Middle School and make classroom lessons memorable. Molinari began this practice while schools were closed due to COVID-19 last year, and it was such a fan favorite that he continues to introduce new memes to correlate with each new curricular unit. Each time, students analyze how the memes relate to the historical period they are studying and enjoy some laughs in the process.

Discovering a Diversity of Authors

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Earlier this winter and in honor of Black History Month, students and staff throughout Bayport-Blue Point School District were encouraged to read at least one book by a black author whose work they had not previously read. A wide variety of suggestions were available in the school libraries, spanning different time periods and genres. Once each reader had finished their book of choice, they wrote a short book review, which entered them into a raffle for a change to win a gift card. Students and staff alike enjoyed discovering the rich selection of work by the authors.

Bayport-Blue Point Eagle