Greetings! My daughter says "awww shunks" instead of "shucks," because she is four and the world is glorious.
Here you go:
I tried to find order in the chaos of leading a whole-class discussion that gets everybody involved.
And if you want a list of everything I wrote in 2021, you can find that here.
I was supposed to start writing another book in 2021, but I couldn't get it together. Maybe in 2022?
Problem. For how many prime numbers p, is the expression 2 to the p-power + p-squared is a prime? (Click through for a solution.)
This wonderful video from 3Blue1Brown on Numberphile explains how a single probability question can seem to have three different answers. In short: not always easy to figure out how to choose something randomly.
This week I learned what a howcatchem is: "An inverted detective story, also known as a "howcatchem", is a murder mystery fiction structure in which the commission of the crime is shown or described at the beginning," says wikipedia.
When home with my kids and my attention badly depleted, I find it helpful to keep a bunch of books around. Books I have enjoyed recently, not necessarily finished: "Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God," by Etgar Keret; "Life's Edge" by Carl Zimmer; "Big Time" by Jen Spyra.
Music-wise, Soto's list of ELO songs has me listening to "Shine a Little Love," which Soto describes as "[Jeff] Lynne doing ABBA doing disco, or perhaps ABBA heard ELO’s use of strings and thought, “Hm…”"
Good luck! Be in touch.