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JFK teacher making math fun

by Nick Delgado

Guam - At the Home of the Islanders in Tiyan, students at John F. Kennedy High School are learning that math can actually be a lot of fun. JFK High teacher Lenett Estay had been teaching geometry for the past five years.

"Oftentimes I found myself frustrated at how poorly some of my students did with traditional assessments, this is one reason why I gave it to my students to see if this is a means for them to show everybody that they truly understand geometry," she explained.

And her teaching technique through string art gets an A+ from students like 9th grader Krista Perrin, who told KUAM News this project helped her to better understand geometry. "Definitely how to tell angles apart and how to measure them and space them, just pretty much angles. It's really important to learn about angles in geometry because that's what counts," she said with a smile.

According to Estay, you might think art is as far from mathematics as you can get, but geometry is actually the basis for many artistic pieces.  From the way people are rendered in renaissance to the form and support for a modern sculpture, art and mathematics are intertwined. At the interim campus at JFK, her students showed off their artwork.

One such student, sophomore Jennah Teixeira, said, "I call it a stra-turtle because it looks like a cross bread of a star and a turtle...because I only used one string it was pretty hard because the thumb tacks were short, so I had to do them multiple times but it was pretty relaxing. Angles can be found everywhere even when you don't see it its found everywhere.

Although Estay didn't give us her students' grades, it's safe to say they're all getting high marks. As is she.

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