This curation answers the common student question "When am I ever going to use this ?" It is my hope that students will understand that mathematics exists in the world around them. However, the responsibility lies with the teacher to show students this truth. This curation offers resources that educators can utilize to increase global awareness in the mathematics classroom and make math fun and engaging.
Illuminations is a project designed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. It is a standard based resource for teaching and learning that supports interactive learning through interactive tools. Teachers have the opportunity to choose a Common Core State Standard or a NCTM Standard and a corresponding topic area. In pursuing the site, it is apparent that some of the tools can be adapted to fit other standards and topic areas. It should also be noted that many of the tools work bests with interactive media such as a SMART Board. Like other resources, Illuminations tools come with worksheets for students. One of the best aspects of this tool is that many, if not all, the resources are free.
Curriculum resources, including lesson plans, background reading, printables and video, for grades 9-12 address the 2013 Math Awareness Month theme: Mathematics of Sustainability.
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Every year in April the National Education Association celebrates Mathematics Awareness Month. The 2013 theme was Mathematics of Sustainability. If there is a student in your classroom with an interest in sustainability, these NEA resources are invaluable. Although this is a old theme of Mathematics Awareness Month, the lessons could be utilized throughout the year, possibly during a school wide "Go Green" campaign. Rather than just seeing how math is present in the real-world, the mathematics of sustainability allows students to evaluate their impact on the world. around them through math.
Simple creative activities to make math learning fun for kids.
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Pinterest is an online pinboard and photo-sharing site that allows users to create theme-based collections. This board hosts a variety of creative and engaging math activities for all ages, yet it does lend itself to younger students. My favorite activity that was pinned was related to Geometry and Snack Time. The unit covered quadrilaterals and lines and students were able to create these shapes using pretzels and marshmallows. I also really like that majority of the activities are inexpensive and cane be completed using household items. There is a DIY Geoboard creating using a peg board flat screws and nuts.
This resource is a collection of articles, leson plans, and activities from Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School and Mathematics Teacher. The articles offer research and experienced based models of the relevance of mathematics in the real world. As teachers, we do not have to reinvent the wheel. Rather we can adapt the lesson plans to our classrooms and edit the worksheets for our particular content. NCTM categorizes the content into worlds: biological, physical, social, political, financial, creative and artistic, and constructed. It has something for every student interest.
Resource site for students and teachers with math activities for Google Earth.
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Real World math is a site for students and teachers that details math activities for Google Earth. This is the essence of interdisciplinary learning and global awareness as students are learning from global issues. With this resource, topics typically not discussed in math classrooms, such as typhoons and hurricanes, are presented with a mathematical lens. Real World Math is different from other resouces because it considers Project Based Learning. This gives students autonomy and sustained engagement with the content.
This particular twitter chat brought mathematics teachers together to discuss what tools exist to make mathematics meaningful and real for their students. This chat is a good starting point for a teacher who is trying to enhance global awareness and real-world applications in the classroom. Experienced teachers offer NCTM Illuminations and Math Counts as useful tools. However, the tools I found most interesting were not technological in nature but pedagogical. Teachers advocated for divergent questioning, peer-to-peer interaction, and team unit planning to serve as tools for increasing global awareness.
This document is a proposed thesis submitted to the University of British Columbia in 2002 by Christian Dy. Dy examined students perceptions of learning mathematics through current global issues. Students kept journals throughout the unit and noted how well they understood the concepts and valued global awareness in the classroom. The role of schools is to do more than teach facts and concepts. Schools should be places where global citizens are learning and growing. Dy's students were more engaged with understanding "why" they were learning certain concepts. His students were also more interested in solving problems as the problems related to their interests. While this is an isolated study, Dy's findings can support the value of global awareness in math classrooms everywhere.
Suggestions for making maths teaching more engaging, from Elizabeth Public School district in New Jersey, USA. For more information and to see the films used...
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Samuel Entinne, math supervisor from Elizabeth, New Jersey, discusses why math has evolved into a challenging topic for studentes at all levels. Students are being taught facts and concepts the same way that their parents and grandparents were taught years ago. To combat disinterest and increase success, teachers in Elizabeth are using an online resource called Twig. Twig videos help students explore the world in terms of specfic content areas--Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, and Math. Lessons are associated with topics in the content areas and include a short videos (usually from different cultures), worksheets, and diagrams. Twig is available via subscription through the school or an individual teacher. However, there are a few free videos. In my opinion, the videos are one of the coolest aspects of Twig because they extend into different cultures. For more information on Twig, visit http://www.twigcarolina.com/.
The P21 Framework suggests that educators should integrate 21st century skills into the classroom. These skills are those that are essential to success in work and life. This framework is a balance of skills, content knowledge, and expertise. It means that the classroom is not a hub of content indoctrination but rather a useful learning experience that will extend into our student's personal and professional lives. Global awareness in the P21 framework involves using 21st century skills, such as critical thinking and collaboration, to understand and address global issues. In the mathematics classroom, this means equipping students with the tools to identify mathematics in the world around them and solve real-world problems using their mathematical knowledge.
This website lists all the songs from Calculus:The Musical and provides the lyrics to go with it. Some of the songs are great some may be a little boring to students to use in class but that can be left up to the teacher. My particular favorite might have to be the song called Chain Rule that is a parody to Aretha Franklin's song "Chain of Fools. Since I love music I could see myself possibly learning some of these songs and singing them myself in my math classroom or I could see students learning them and singing them on their own. Anyways check out the website at http://matheatre.com/lyrics/ctm.php and pick and choose songs as you wish!
Global awareness involves students learning from and working collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, according to the P21 Framework. In part, I believe that means having students be aware of their connection to mathematics in the world around them. Music is an excellent way to connect matthetmatics to the arts and see math from different perspectives. Music tends to cross cultural barriers and enhance open dialogue and community amongst listeners. The songs from Calculus: The Musical are enriched with terminology and concepts, yet presented in way that is engaging and interesting to students with different learning styles or lifestyles.
Yummy Math is an online resource that aids students and teachers in viewing the relevance of mathematics in the world around them. I particularly appreciate that the examples are current which connects to the overall social an global awareness levels of students. This tool is similar to Mathalicious in that the activities are connected to Common Core State Standards. What I would like to see added to this resource is real-world application problems for concepts in higher level math courses. This would sustain studnet interest in mathematics beyond courses such as Algebra I or Geometry.
Mathalicious is a resource that provides teachers with lessons focused on real-world topics that students care about. The added benefit is that the lessons are standard-based in that each one is aligned with a Common Core State Standard. Mathalicious is an excellent tool for differentiation according to student interests with lessons focused on topics from video games to nutritional information. The lessons draw on information from areas outside of mathematics, like health and computer science, and encourage students to make interdisciplinary connections. I like that it allows students to identify math in the world around them and become engaged in their learning.
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