I took part in a great calculus workshop this summer where the instructor used beans to fill in the area between a curve and the x-axis and went on to use this tool to describe/explain the average value of a function. Great! What a terrific change for my students from our usual day.
You would THINK that juniors and seniors in an AP Calculus class could refrain from "beaning" each other in the head with their little pile of black beans. Well, you'd be thinking wrong. "We" stopped class a wee bit early to all pick up the beans that "we" tossed on the floor.
In other surreal news. I got invited to a baby shower for one of my favorite students.