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Daily Archives: January 13th, 2009

in my algebra 2 class today i was teaching about conjugates of complex numbers.

(if you need, i’ll give you a few minutes to google that…)

a young man sitting near the back raised his hand. 

“i got an uncle in big mac (state maximum security prison) who gets one conjugate visit every month.”

uhm, no he doesn’t.  those are called, ‘conjugal visits’ and they don’t have anything to do with math.

“i’m pretty sure they’re called conjugate mr. w.”

no.  let’s get back to the lesson.

later, as i’m passing through the class and helping, encouraging, crackin’ the whip i hear the kid say to the guy next to him, “mr. w thinks he’s a english teacher.  i know those are conjugate visits.”

in retrospect i should have realized that the potential is there for many of the kids in that particular class to be in need of conjugal visits in the future.  maybe i should have veered off the lesson plan today…