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Pi Day Comicstrip

all of my geometry students (in fact, all of my students) already know how obsessed with pi i am.  i’m not really sure why i ever became so obsessed, but i know that it started back when i was in high school, primarily because i was fascinated by the number. 

pi has long been what i would classify as my favorite number and being a teacher, i have the ability to go all out and celebrate pi day annually with activities in my classroom.

i realize that pi day was a little over a week ago.  however, i would like to use this blog as the chance to get some feedback from students about pi day and the activities that we did this year or have done in the past.  i do not merely want the comment of “I like it” or “i don’t like it,” please give more constructive responses.  comment about the specific contests that are offered (school-wide), as well the activites that i have done during the day within the classroom.  this year we also did a pi chain which was a bit overwhelming, yet i thought turned out kind of cool – but i would like student thought as well.  i have considered not doing pi day activities anymore because some students can tend to get out of hand.  what are your thoughts as students, or do you have a thought for a way in which i can structure it better to provide more control?

also i have included a comic strip – please let me know what you think about it.

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  • 1. Sarah Perry  |  March 31, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    For this year’s pi day, I thought the activities were fun but we should do something different in each class. Algebra 2 and Geometry did the same things so it gave the students who took both classes a slight advantage. As to keeping it under control, I say that we do more of a class activity instead of just games amoungst ourselves. The students aren’t going to change and there is always someone who will ruin it, but i think we should continue Pi day.

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  • 2. Aaron Pruett  |  April 7, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    I thought that Pi day was really fun this year. I have enjoyed it every year because it gives us a break in math which is by far the hardest subject I’m taking. I think that you should just leave it how it is because it gives us students a break and we still do things that are math related. I thought the comic strip was stupid but i understand why you like it.

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  • 3. Lance Menard  |  April 7, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    I liked the Pi Day competitions and events, and there is little that I think you should change. As long as you do something new every year, it will stay fun for me (and probably will even if you don’t). Also, thanks for your (Binkley’s) effort in putting together the Pi Day events. And the comic is great.

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  • 4. josh corner  |  April 7, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    the pi chain was cool because it took up the hour and i got it done really quickly. I think that next year we should try something different and u should bring in the pies so that we have more pie to eat. and some milk.yah but like sarah said some people will be cool about it then u have chritter who will just ruin it what a goon.

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  • 5. Michael Allen Stemm the third  |  April 10, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    well i didnt really partake in the pi day festivities for me and my friend logan clark had more pressing issues. these issues were to place the victorious chain of pi back around the building and attempt to make it reach the whole way around or die trying. or well at least try pretty hard. me and him tried and did well into the end of fifth hour. but alas. we failed. no more then 20 feet short. but it was a good experience
    as for the comic strip i did not get it at first. but then i thought of it. pie are squared? what could possibly mean.
    after a lil ocncentration and thought it clicked in my cranium. it would be like pi = r2
    pure brilliance and a master piece if you ask me and anyone who is semi intelligent.
    over all i found pi day and the experience of pie quite fun and entertaining.

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  • 6. Aaron Decator  |  April 10, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    LONG LIVE PI DAY!

    Anyways, pi day was quite fun, although we had no pie to eat. We should continue it in all of the future years to come. The chain was cool because of the color thing. Most wouldn’t even realize that. It did take a long time and was quite a bit of hassle. Next year we should do something outside.
    The comic strip is quite humorous. It took me a couple seconds to figure it out, but it was then funny.
    I’ve been relating everything to pi ever since that day. Perhaps I will tell you all about it some time.

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  • 7. rbinkley  |  April 10, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    I am curious by what you mean about relating everything to pi…

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  • 8. Lance Menard  |  April 11, 2008 at 12:22 am

    Pi Day was awesome! It was a good idea to have students play all those pi-related games. I think many students went away from that day with a much better understanding of pi. I myself got quite a bit from that day, besides the actual pie. The comic is great, by the way.

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  • 9. JOHNATHON JAMES SPENCER  |  April 11, 2008 at 12:24 am

    I thought pi day was tight for the most part. We didnt really have any assignments that day and I dominated the thing where you see how many digits of pi you can name (by my standards.)

    As far as structuring pi day better, I cant think of too many flaws it had in the first place. Maybe its because I dont really understand why the number itself is so fascinating, thus Im not entirely sure what other peoples expectations of pi day are.

    It might just be my computer or something but the end of the comic is cut off so i dont really get it.

    That pi chain thing was pyscho, dont do that anymore it takes up too much time and it just gets ripped into peices.

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  • 10. Marvin Davis  |  April 11, 2008 at 2:36 am

    I liked pi day cuz it was sumthin new dat i neva did. I like it wen we made da pi chain around da skool, dat was kind of cool. I also like the pi chain cuz in class we didn’t really have nuthin to do, so i was glad dat we didn’t really have to do no work. But i think next year we should have more plp to bring pi in.

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  • 11. Ashleigh Callahan  |  April 11, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    I really liked pi day this year. I thought it was great that there were so many different contests for people to enter. The only thing that I would change though, would be that instead of just offering prizes to the winners of the contests they could receive extra credit for entering as well as extra credit for winning.

    I don’t really get the comic stip so someone might have to explain that one to me later 🙂

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  • 12. Alexander Welch  |  April 12, 2008 at 3:43 am

    DON’T GET RID OF PI DAY!!!!!!!

    I really liked pi day. But being that this was my first time ever participating in pi day activities I don’t know what to compare it to. I really liked doing the pi chain but I think some people didn’t take it seriously. I think that the activities were good but I think there should be more group activities. It kind of got boring working by yourself. I think it would have been more fun in a group. One thing I noticed was I had to do the activities twice because I am in both Algebra 2 and Geometry. I think you should do different activities in all of your classes. Also some of the activities required you to have poster board. I find this unfair because some families cannot afford to buy it and it keeps them from earning extra credit. Unfortunately this year I was one of them students. You also asked what we thought about the comic strip you had on here. I though it was pretty funny but a very bad pun. I guess I thought it was funny because I am a math geek to. I have thought about going into the math and sciences. Also my favorite number also is pi. when people guess a number that I am thinking of and
    i think of pi. Nobody ever guesses it.

    I am adding a link to a video on youtube that I think that you might like. You might like it because it is a “math geek” song. I know I enjoyed it.:)

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  • 13. Spencer Bailey  |  April 12, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    I liked pi day, to me the best part obviously was eating the pi but the other activities were also fun. fWhen we made the chain all the way around the school it was fun but i knew that people wouldnt leave it alone

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  • 14. jaimie martinbianco  |  April 14, 2008 at 1:30 am

    i thought it was fun but i would likel moer extra credit options.:)

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  • 15. Meghan Henick  |  April 14, 2008 at 3:31 am

    I think pi day is pretty cool. I don’t really understand how celebrating it got started but I still think it’s pretty neat. I liked the activities we did for pi day this years. I’m not a pi freak like you Binkley, but I even got a bit over-excited about the chain. I thought the concept and idea of it was really cool. I got pretty angry when people broke it or tore it down. It took forever to hang up, but it was fun. =]

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  • 16. Collin Schneider  |  April 14, 2008 at 3:39 am

    i thought that pi day this year was fun. i like the fact that there were multiple ways to earn extra credit. personally that was my favorite part of pi day. i also like the effort that we put into trying to make the pi ring reach around the school. i thought it was a great effort. and i can’t wait for next years pi day

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  • 17. Mariah Gorman  |  April 14, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Pi day was so much fun! I didn’t know what it was last year, but I’m very glad I got to participate this year : )
    It’s really cool to help make us aware of these different aspects of math, and let us interact with them.

    The comic is super cute.
    Geekism IS contagious.

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  • 18. Lori Kennedy  |  April 14, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I was absent for pi day this year, but I did have Binkley for Algebra 1 in the 9th grade and what we did was make posters, pies(which no one in our class did) and memeorize the numbers as pi as far as we could. It was ok, but the activities wern’t so fun and festive to me. Tring different activities every year will help keep it fresh, but the making of pies should definitly be a tadition(who doesn’t like a good pie?). To keep the class undercontrol maybe a few ckass activities and not so many small groups might help.
    About the comic, I feel really dumb, but i did not get it at all.

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  • 19. Lori Kennedy  |  April 14, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Moderator Resposes: About….

    Marvin’s- Pi day is supposed to be fun, but instead of focusing on about how easy of a day it was, focus on what you did and learned.

    Lance- It’s good you found Pi day to be educational as well as fun. I’m glad you understand Pi better =).

    Johnny spencer- What were all the flaws? Learning many numbers of Pi will be helpful in future math you may do. Clicking on the comic will reveal the whole thing and that may help you to understand it better.

    Mike Stemm- It’s very clear you enjoyed Pi day and got a lot from it. Thank you for explaining the comic; no one i talked to got it either.

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  • 20. josh corner  |  April 14, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    hey i already did this one how am i supose to comment this weeks one

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  • 21. Alexander Welch (Moderator)  |  April 14, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Ashleigh Callahan,

    I really like your ideas. I agree that extra credit should go to everyone entered and not just the people who win. By the way the whole concept in the comic is that when they brought the pie that was a square they said the reason was Pi- ARE- SQUARE…… meaning the formula for finging the area of a circle. 🙂

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  • 22. Alexander Welch (Moderator)  |  April 14, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Lance Menard,

    I agree with you that many people went away that day with a better understanding of pi. Thanks for your input.:)

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  • 23. Melissa  |  April 15, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Pi day this year was kind of out of hand. Some activities were fun but as someone else said most of the math classes did the same thing which got boring.But other than that and the obsessive chain we did it was rather interesting.

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  • 24. Bradley Gear  |  April 15, 2008 at 1:20 am

    Yeah so i already posted once but it did not read i guess, so here it is again…

    yeah so pi day was fun and a little over exaturated and taken a little too far in my opinion, but hey you kept it fun though…next year you should accept pies all day though not just in the morning so everyone can get a chance…see you next week.

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  • 25. Brittany Pilarski  |  April 15, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    I think we should keep pi day. It gives students an actual reason to haved fun with math. Also by doing the different projects, you get to actually see how long pi really is. I really liked the pi chain this year. It showed how long pi really is and that the chain wasn’t even all the numbers. It is a good reason not to just sit and do paperwork in class. It gives you a reason to do something else and have fun.

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  • 26. Alexander Welch (Moderator)  |  April 16, 2008 at 1:39 am

    Melissa,

    I agree with you and I too heard that some classes got out of hand. The activities should be different in the different classes. Thanks:)

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  • 27. Alexander Welch (Moderator)  |  April 16, 2008 at 1:41 am

    Bradley Gear,

    Yes I agree that the pies should be accepted all day. But the whole concept isn’t about the edible pie it is about the number pi. Maybe try to focus more on the concept and not just the food.:)

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  • 28. Samantha Rude  |  April 16, 2008 at 2:17 am

    Moderator Resposes:

    In regards to JOHNATHON JAMES SPENCER,
    I’m glad you had some fun that day johnny, and it’s very nice to see you complement yourself on the achievment of how many numbers in Pi you could recite. In my opinion the Pi chain was nice and it’s to bad there are people in our school who have to ruin what we try to create. If we didn’t do the Pi chain every one would complain because school is too hard and borring so I’m glad we did it.

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  • 29. rbinkley  |  April 16, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Alex –
    I can’t see the video because it’s blocked (You Tube) and I don’t have internet at home, because I live in the middle of nowhere… I’ll be going to my sister’s house over the weekend and i’ll try to watch it then!
    – Binkley

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  • 30. Logan Clark  |  April 23, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Well, Pi Day was rather entertaining. It brought upon multiple traditional things to do for that day, and makes for some interesting memories. Like Michael and I’s mission to cover the school in chains.

    The comic is rather entertaining.

    Pi R Squared is the formula to find the….Circumference, if I remember correctly.

    Haha. Puns.

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  • 31. Logan Clark  |  April 23, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Nope, wait, Area of Circles.

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  • 32. Tyler Gallaty  |  April 30, 2008 at 12:22 am

    The pi day activities were enjoyable to all kinds of people with different intrests. But a flaw was that the pi chain that was supposed to wrap around the school was only up for about 15 minutes. Maybe the chain should be started a little wile earlyer so that the chain can be hung up at the begining of the day and stay all day.

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  • 33. Charlotte Boyer  |  May 5, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Pi day was pretty hectic with everyone running around. But the activitys are quite fun, and I personaly say keep doing them. The chain tho was a problem becaquse we couldn’t get it to stay up, and students kept tearing them down. Next year we should change some activitys in other classes, so everyone can try something new.

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