After finding these math hacks, I'm convinced that all those years of being forced to struggle through math class really was just a torture ploy created by evil math teachers everywhere. Check out these amazing math tips and you'll agree! Watch out though, you may just unleash the inner math whiz you never knew was in you...
ne of the most common questions math teachers hear from their students is, “why does this matter?” They are constantly trying to convince students that math is useful and could help them in their everyday lives. But it can be a tough sell. Word problems alone often feel contrived and students see right through them.
Thomas Petra has taught math at every level for more than 20 years and encountered dubious students at every grade level. That’s why he developed Real World Math, a free website with lessons based on Google Earth aimed at grades 5 – 10. “I was trying to show them actual applications of the math ideas that they see in the textbook,” Petra said.
Education researchers are beginning to validate what many teachers have long known: connecting learning to student interests helps the information stick. Here's an example of how one algebra teacher made it work in her class.
Study: Music, Manipulatives Are Fun, But Basics Best for Struggling Math Students Education Week News (blog) First grade teachers facing a class full of students struggling with math were more likely to turn to music, movement, and manipulative...
Tom Perran's insight:
This article includes a link to the original peer-reviewed article from Penn State and UC-Irvine
“ MathChat is an interesting new iPad app that I discovered recently. As its name indicate, MathChat is an app that allows students to collaborate and work together on math problems. This collaboration takes place in group chats where members get to exchange messages, use pointers to show how to solve a problem, or draw and add arrows to provide illustration and guidance on Math concepts. This collaborative feature of MathChat resembles to a great extent the work Whiteboard apps do.”
Via John Evans
Spanning K-12, and introducing advanced topics like matrices, polynomials, and linear equations, these great apps and sites offer lessons, reference resources, games, and tutorials that'll help teachers teach and students learn.
Via Dr. Joan McGettigan
Welcome to TurnOnCCMath.net! The GISMO research team at North Carolina State University has developed 18 learning trajectories that unpack the K-8 Common Core State Standards for Mathematics from the standpoint of student learning, and elaborate the underlying scientific research in mathematics education. The hexagon map illustrates these learning trajectories, standard by standard. Clicking on a hexagon or a trajectory takes you to detailed descriptors that articulate students' progression from prior knowledge and naïve conceptions to more sophisticated mathematical concepts and reasoning.
Via Amy Youngblood, Sue Thuma
In the meantime the math resources and lesson planner will give you a good sense of how the service functions. The sharing aspect of Open Curriculum could be useful for large departments that are looking for a place to ...
Steep failure rate on Algebra I exams in Montgomery leads to mass recalculation Washington Post Montgomery County's failure rate for the June final exam in Algebra 1 was so steep — 82 percent for high school students — that district officials say...