Some students don’t like math because they can’t link it to people or places.
Not everyone gets a natural thrill from reducing fractions or solving equations! But mathematics, just like history or literature, is comprised of real people and their extraordinary stories. Maybe the right-brain thinker in your class will perk up when he or she hears about some of the human history behind pi.
Telling stories from math history is too often an underutilized teaching angle, whether on Pi Day or on any other day of the year. Let’s change that!