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Kathryn Gniadek, Sacred Heart Academy math department chair, recently uploaded the final version of a 20 level e-book series entitled “Fab Five for Trigonometry”. She developed the method more than 10 years ago as a way to foster student understanding of trigonometry. Her aim was to promote student comprehension of the course material, rather than subject students to memorization that is easily forgotten. The 20 level series, titles, and descriptions can be found on the website at www.fab5fortrig.com. The first three levels encapsulate the Fab Five method for understanding trigonometry and are referenced in the subsequent 17
levels. Students have found that once they master the Fab Five method they never forget it. In fact, Sacred Heart alumnae have reported using the method in advanced college level math classes and successfully sharing it with their college friends. A resident of Cheshire, Gniadek joined the faculty at Sacred Heart in 2002 and was named head of the mathematics department in 2005. She earned a BS from Fairfield University, a masters of science from UConn, and a CAS from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. She serves as the Academy’s UCONN Early College Experience site representative and as moderator of the Mu Alpha Theta, the National Math Honor Society.
Health Keep exercising to prevent heart disease As winter settles in, head out for an outdoor winter adventure. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of heart healthy exercise most days of the week— even during winter—to help prevent heart disease, the nation’s number one killer. According to the American Heart Association, exercising in cooler weather has some distinct advantages over working out in the warmer weather. First, there is no heat and humidity to deal with. In fact, winter’s chill can make you feel awake and invigorated. Also, you can work out harder in the cold weather—which means you burn even more calories. Heading outside in the winter is also a great way to take in the sunlight during those shorter winter days. Not only does light dramatically improve many people’s moods, it also helps you get the vitamin D your body needs. The AHA encourages walking as a primary heart healthy activity since people are more likely to stick with walking than any other exercise. Why walking? It’s efficient. Just 30 minutes of walking a day can improve your circulation, lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, and help you lose weight. Walking is free, simple and convenient. The only thing needed to start is a pair of supportive walking shoes. There’s nothing complicated to learn. Just step outside. Run errands, walk the dog, take a lunchtime walk, catch up with friends, or bundle up the kids and walk as a family. By changing up the time, distance, pace and route, you can create the right walking program for you. There are many of ways to get physical activity inside, too—no gym required. Weights (such as a set of 5-pound and 10-pound dumbbells) are a great addition, but
not absolutely necessary. Adding in an exercise circuit (a cycle of 5–6 moves, run a few times through) is a great way to stave off boredom and get a lot done in a short amount of time. You can create your own mini-circuits at home if you don’t belong to a gym. Ideally, your circuit will include a cardio burst of 1–2 minutes, followed by 3–5 exercises that work various parts of your body. For example: • Jump rope, jog in place or run your steps (start with 1 minute and progress to 2). • 10 push-ups (You can modify with knees down if you are having trouble holding a straight body push-up position; remember to keep your palms flat on the floor.) • 20 crunches (with feet flat and knees up, legs bent in the air at 90 degrees or straight up, or your favorite variation) • 20 hip lifts (flat on your back, arms down on the ground at your sides with
fingertips pointing toward feet, feet flat with knees bent at 90 degrees; press feet and shoulders into floor as you lift your hips as high as you can; lift and lower) • 30-second plank hold (holding a push-up position; body as a straight line, or with knees down) • 10 triceps dips on a chair/ couch (Sit on chair with feet flat and knees bent at 90 degrees; hands at sides, palms pressed into the chair with fingertips facing forward; take one large step with right foot, and join left foot beside it. Bend your arms to 90 degrees as you lower and lift; keeps abs tight.) The beauty of exercise circuits is that you can be creative. Mix and match different moves. Take 30 minutes for your heart this winter!
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Teacher publishes e-book series
Friday, December 27, 2013
North Haven Citizen Dec. 27, 2013