Notes from the Classroom: Pi Day 2014

Today, I witnessed something that I felt was quite amazing.  In front of myself and the rest of the class, one of my students accurately recited the number Pi to 60 digits.  Not ’16’, as I initially misheard the student claim, but the big 6-0.

And the student rattled off the numbers, often in chunks of three or four, with no mistakes and only minor pausing or hesitation a few times.  I followed along on the computer to verify accuracy.

Amazing.

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About JMVarnerBooks

With the days of international travel behind him, J. M. Varner now exercises his language skills in his English classroom and on the page. A second life as an author affords him another way to encourage his students and fans to read, write, and think independently. Borrowing terms from noted media critic Neil Postman, Mr. Varner summarizes his 'Philosophy of Fiction': "Writing a novel is a creative process of World Building and Word Weaving. Authors build worlds in our minds; these can be fantastical worlds or fictionalized variations of our own reality. By writing and rewriting, we weave these worlds into words on the page." Mr. Varner is currently writing the next novel in the "Squirrel Hill High" series, a series launched with the debut novel, "Digital Me". Set in a fictional high school located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at Squirrel Hill High students and teachers live through true-to-life drama in the emotionally charged environment of the American high school.
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