"I'm so crazy with my circular measurements. Pi times diameter give me the circumference."
Ciera Paul - a teacher from New Orleans - decided to turn boring and difficult lesson for her 7th graders into something easy and interesting. She decided to tell her students about pi, circumference, and diameters using the lyrics to "Formation." And she slays (and the kids, too!)
"One Sunday night while I was at home, Beyoncé's 'Formation' came on the radio, and I thought to myself, 'I bet they're going to like this song,'" Ciera Paul said. "It's just something out of the box that the kids can relate to. The kids are looking for something that's fun and enjoyable, and adding a little song or dance makes [the lesson] more memorable for them." "This is just an interesting way to change it up a little bit and get away from the traditional teaching methods of just pens and paper," she added. Paul has received tons of praise for finding an engaging and fun way to get students interested in math and the teacher has been blown away by the response.
Ms. Paul said that her class practiced the remixed song for about five minutes a day over a two-week period and that by the fourth lesson, they had their Beyoncé-geometry down. She also told the outlet that the fun has paid off―she's seen improvement in some students' grades and higher participation from some of her less involved students.
It's always awesome seeing a teacher take a new approach to education and we're sure the kids didn't mind a little Beyoncé-inspired lesson.
I think I could have known geometry better if I was taught this way!