Posted May 06, 2018 09:59:06 An Ontario-based math teacher is offering a class of students a different way to solve math problems.
Samantha D’Amato is offering the first-ever course in which students are taught to “make people smile” and learn how to apply the techniques of a “smiling machine.”
The class is set to run this fall at the University of Ottawa’s College of Mathematical Sciences.
The class, called “The Smile Machine,” is taught in two phases.
In the first phase, students learn to smile by being “smile-able,” meaning they’re able to use their hands to make the eyes, mouth, and cheeks smile.
In that phase, they are encouraged to be “happy,” which is to say they don’t want to feel sad.
The students then learn how they can apply these techniques to “smiles.”
The second phase of the class is “Satisfaction Through Smiling,” in which the students learn the techniques and tips to smile more effectively, to express more emotion and to feel more connected to others.
Students are asked to do a variety of activities, including playing a game of chess or making eye contact with a friend, before being paired with an instructor.
“If you are smiling, you’re doing something that you can control,” D’Amely said.
“If you’re not smiling, your heart isn’t going to go to that emotion and you can’t really have an emotion.”
In this week’s episode of The Morning Show, host Adam Scott talks to the teacher behind this class, Samantha D’ Amato.
(CBC News)D’Aamely said that when she started working at the college, she had a “sense that it would be a fun opportunity for us to bring more people into the classroom.”
D’Amati’s class, she said, is a way for students to engage with mathematics as a way to make a difference in the world.
“We’re all so different, so we have this amazing opportunity to share our experience, our strengths, our struggles,” she said.
“It’s really about understanding how to be a little bit more happy, how to take action in the classroom and how to have an impact in the community.”
“I think we’re all in this together,” she added.
The program, which is being taught by the university’s College Of Mathematical Studies, will run for the fall and winter semesters.
It is the first time that an entire school has offered a “sitting room” class.
D’ Amati said the students in her class have already met a lot of different people.
“They’ve had so much fun,” she told CBC News.
“I’m not going to say I’ve had a lot, but I have had so many great laughs,” she continued.
Damati’s students will be paired with a teacher and a facilitator who will help guide them through the lessons.
D’ Amely hopes that the class will teach students how to interact with each other and create positive, positive social change in their communities.
The classes will also be a way “to bring in new people into mathematics and we’re just really hoping it can be a learning experience,” she explained.