A Rubik’s Poem
Thanks to Dan Van der Vieren (aka “Mr. VdV”) in Colorado for answering our challenge and writing the following poem for #NationalPoetryDay on Twitter! The poem was posted in couplets, in a total of 12 tweets over two days. Very creative!
At first, my students were at a loss
When I told them they must “solve for the cross”
One said with mismatched cubies, “I got a face!”
I grinned and replied, “Your edges are misplaced.”
I showed him the error; “Turn it this way.”
He put down the Cube; “I'm done for the day.”
The very next morning, he greeted me with a Cube.
“Mr. VdV, I have been watching YouTube!”
I told him, “Great! Can you show me right here?”
As I reached for a mixedup Cube by Abe's ear.
He grabbed the Cube and started to twist.
He nodded at each turn like he'd followed a list.
“Awesome! Now how about layer two?”
“Uh, not yet. I don't know what to do.”
“Follow these steps, it's not too bad.”
His eyes got wide; I must have scared the lad!
He came to me the next day with a smile.
“I think I got it, but it took me awhile!”
“Show me!” I said, as he grabbed his hexahedron.
Within two short minutes, he was completely done.
With a cry of victory, he shouted “Sweet!”
I winked and said, “You've got my time to beat!”
Days after that, more students were solving,
And now, I'm proud to say, the program's evolving!