St. Patrick’s Day – Desmos Style

Growing up in an Irish family outside of Boston, St. Patrick’s day was a special holiday – especially since my dad and his siblings are first generation Irish Americans.  One of our traditions … skipping school on March 17th and spending it together as a family.

Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 11.58.57 AM

March 17, 1977

This picture was taken on March 17, 1977. I’m sitting to the left of my dad, my sister to the right.  I was in the second grade, Diane in the 6th and we were attending a political breakfast with our dad.

At that point, in our lives, our mom cut our hair.  She meant well…  And even though my haircut made me look like a boy :o, the memory of this day classifies this as one of my favorite childhood photos.

In 1977,  call waiting wasn’t an option yet. Smart phones, personal computers, the internet, ipods and flat screen TV’s didn’t exist and being the youngest in the family, I was the remote control.

Fast forward a few years 😉  Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 12.23.16 PM

It’s 2015.  Now that I live on the west coast, St. Patrick’s Day falls during my spring break. I still don’t have go to school and I’ll be celebrating with family. But times have changed. My children and students have grown up with the internet, ipods and smart phones.

Technology is a constant in our lives and should be in our classrooms.  A computer will never take the place of a teacher, but technology should be a partner in education.  A resource used regularly to enhance discussions, inspire inquiry and demonstrate understanding.  So to connect a beloved holiday with the future of education, I turn to technology (and Desmos) to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!  or the  (2016 Animated Verison)

Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 4.34.29 PM

J.J. Martinez

I special thanks goes out to colleague, J.J. Martinez, for showing me how to fill in the shamrock leaves.  I knew how to shade in a circle and an ellipse but the leaves were created using two equations.  I struggled to find the correct command.

Being a true teacher, he showed me how to shade in one leaf.  I then took over to learn and practice.  As a result, I was able to finish the shamrock on my own and with my newly developed skills created the rainbow.


About jgvadnais

Instructional Technology Coach. Desmos Fellow. Google Level 1 Certified. SoCal transplant. New Englander at heart. Lover of yoga, dogs, green smoothies and coffee creamer
This entry was posted in desmos, equations, graph, graphing, math, Math Education, technology and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to St. Patrick’s Day – Desmos Style

  1. Leann Kilduff says:

    Love the picture and the haircut!!!!


  2. Stacey Price says:

    That is so awesome! Much love to your entire family from the Prices!! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


  3. diane call says:

    Happy St Patricks Day Jenny, Today I took Timmy, Maddie and Andrew to Boston to have lunch at the Boston College Club with Tim. It was a nice way to spend the day. I hope you guys enjoy your day as well and may you learn a very valuable lesson in all of this, no home haircuts!!!!!!!! Love, Diane


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s