Could I move this trapezoid

To that one, in the endless void?

I tried translation and rotation.

Then I had a crazy notion.

I would pass a rigid motion.

Result – a lovely hemorrhoid.

# Tag Archives: poetry

## Lament to the Common Core geometry

Filed under geometry, humor, language in math, verse

## Fractions, at home and away

In the morning Johnny’s mom

Said “Here’s six candies for your break.

“Give your sister half of them”.

Now Johnny’s brain is on the make.

He gives her one, and then another.

Little sister stamps her feet!

“And the last one!” says his mother.

“Damn” thinks Johnny, “I can’t cheat!”.

Later that day

“Johnny, what is half of six?”.

“I dunno”.

“Well, go get out six lego bricks

“And make a row.

“Now break the row right in the middle.

“That’s half the row.

“Just split the half and count the bricks”.

“I got three”.

“So now you see, three’s half of six”.

But does he know?

Filed under arithmetic, fractions, humor, language in math, teaching, verse

## Adding fractions

When adding two fractions

Take care, delay your actions.

You must allow the whole

To exercise its role.

(Possibly and unwittingly owing something to Ogden Nash)

## Motherhood now, or should I study math first?

It’s doggerel time again, this time with apologies to Harry Graham, who apparently didn’t write the original “Oh mama dear, what is that mess ……”. See allpoetry

“Oh Mommy dear, what are these sums you can’t do anymore?”

“Hush,hush my child, just do your best, It’s called the Common Core.”

Filed under humor, language in math, Uncategorized, verse

## “I can’t do math”

Not so long ago I was doing substitute (supply) teaching in a school in Yorkshire,England, and this happened:

“I can’t do math” she said to me.

“Oh yes you can and you will see

that you can do it on your own”.

I showed her how the cryptic code

was just a way of writing.

“The meaning’s there, give it a go,

and try to stop the fighting”.

The tunnel end came into view,

the light was bright and shining.

She did another, all alone,

and smiled with satisfaction.

Then turned to me and said again

“I can’t do math”

Filed under humor, language in math, Uncategorized, verse