Some people say that you can either have fun or do your work. Others say that once you disturb structure, chaos ensues. In all cases, almost everyone has an opinion. At NIS, we understand that these conclusions are not universal and are ultimately dependent on multiple factors.
To prove our point, we offer the case of the elusive Math class. Why Math? Because whether you’re an educator or a student, Math is agreed to be a subject area that stumps most. As a student, it either makes sense, or looks like alien gibberish. As an educator, it’s either one way or the highway.
So, if you’re tardy to class; or missing a pen; or paper; or blink your eyes; or, God forbid, a pin drops outside in the hallway, it’s over. That’s it. Your dream of becoming a rocket scientist is gone forever and this reality is irrevocable!
What do we have to say? Not at NIS!
This week, our Math teachers, under the talented supervision of their superstar Head of Department, Mr. Ashraf Abdelhamid, took on the ultimate challenge. They were going incorporate Cooperative Learning techniques [which most Math teachers say is impossible to do in their subject area] and they will apply them successfully in the midst of the supreme madness of Spirit Week.
Wait… what?!? Isn’t that like trying to walk backwards while reciting Shakespeare and playing a guitar with the added burden of manipulating Time and Space?
The event took place on Meme Day, where students sported their favorite Internet Memes and paraded the halls in blankets [TheJasminator], yellow sweaters [Arthur], and dressed like little girls with Afros [Cardi B.] The results? Drum Roll, please……. they unanimously proved that it is possible to have fun while doing work. They proved that it’s imperative to break structure from time to time to eliminate impending stagnation; and that controlled chaos is fabulously conducive to student learning and achievement. More than anything, they proved that Math can be acquired by any student, no matter their prior experience and it’s not one way or the highway.
So, fear not, your dreams are forever achievable.