Gratitude journal: The absolute euphoria of prime factorization

Tonight I am grateful for the inexplicable joy and near euphoria that my students experienced when successfully negotiating the prime factorization of numbers like 1,056, 2044, and 4,096.


I really can’t explain it, but I witnessed fist pumps, leaps of joy, high-fives, twirls of victory,  and screams of delight upon discovering that they had successfully factored these large numbers down to their primes and accurately represented their work using exponents.

I take no credit for their surprising enthusiasm. It was all them today.