The calendar is a source of fantastic factoring problems with many social studies add-ons. Why 12 months? Why 30 (or 31 or 28) days? Why are weeks 7 days long? Why don’t they fit into the months (or the year!)? Why did we do this to ourselves and have any people done better?

# Differentiation TechniqueFind What's Interesting

## đźŹ›ď¸Ź Read The OverviewFind What's Interesting

By leveraging a point of contention, we can get students interested in just about any topic. Yes, even boring old spelling has controversy we can exploit!

## đźŚ» Specific Examples of “Find What's Interesting”

## Running A Curiosity Project

Merlin Mann stated that employeesâ€™ motivation increases when they get to â€śbuild a robotâ€ť once in a while. That is, do something creative beyond regular work. Can we do this at school? Offices have â€ścasual Fridays,â€ť can we have â€ścuriosity Fridays?”

## Depth and Complexity: Ethicsâ€¦ In Math!?

The Ethics prompt of depth and complexity fits so easily into the humanitiesâ€¦ but what about ethics in math?!

## Ship of Theseus

Here’s a fun thought experiment your students are sure to get a kick out of: when something is slowly replaced over time, is it still the same thing in the end?

## ď»żReader Question: Analog Clocks

A reader wrote in, asking how to differentiate for a task like reading analog clocks. What to do with a student who has mastered this skill?

## Encourage Curiosity With Calculators

It’s easy to fall in love with chasing the newest technology to use in the classroom. But sometimes, the perfect tool is a plain old calculator. We’ll be using this tool to develop curiosity about math.

## Three Videos With Mind-Blowing Optical Illusions

Paradoxes and illusions are a great area of study to blow students’ minds. I recently discovered an amazing artist, Kokichi Sugihara, who creates and films optical illusions using just paper and balls.

## Paradox: Does Majority Rule?

A quick, but challenging discussion topic for any age: “Is it always fair to make decisions based on a majority vote?”

## Tickling Curiosity

Let’s look at a way to encourage and scaffold curiosity in our classes using a “Book of Unanswered Questions.” Begin by sharing intriguing objects or images and asking your own questions. Give kids a chance to find answers to their questions. Then encourage students to bring in their own intriguing conversation starters. Finally, move students towards curriculum based questions.

## 3 More Paradoxes, Part III

Here are even more amazing paradoxes to baffle your students: Buridan’s Bridge, the Bootstrap Paradox, and the Barber Paradox.