This was amazing! I am so glad Kristinia-Maria caught this because I missed this. Edutopia is definitely my most viewed website in my PLN, particular because of videos like this. Professor Abrahamson just explained perfectly my reasoning behind the Train Your Brains we do in class. Specifically, right around 3:40, he begins to model a math problem but with real world manipulatives. A concept that would be confusing, suddenly is not and is a cool demonstration that kids will remember. He brings up a great point that it is not the numbers that kids will remember, it is the concepts behind those numbers. He goes on to say that developing these skills will help kids solve the problems of the world. This is my ideology behind making math meaningful to kids. I hope to use different strategies like Train Your Brains and Developing a Mathematical Eye, in hopes that, along with some of the skills I "teach"them in math, they can take those skills a step further and solve real problems. Real world problems will not be wrapped in a nice bow for kids- they will be messy and they will require multiple different thoughts and ideas to solve them. Profesor Abrahamson gave some great insight into making math meaninful.
This post reminded me of one of our assignments in class this semester where Dr. Bote had us design homeowrk assigments that could get some parental involvement with how the assignments were designed. I thought this post had some great ideas about how to do this. With Curriculum 2.0 in MCPS, I've noticed that my 5th grade team has struggled with generating HW assignments that can realte to the real world. By getting parents involved, students may be able to start seeing math in the real world. I especially liked the "Talk Math" idea. As a future teacher, I think this strategy in particular will be something that I will call upon next year at Back to School Night when I address my parents.
This website is AMAZING! I had never heard of this source before, but Maddy actually scooped this. The intro video speaks for itself. This website is trying to work with teachers to give them alternatives to traditional math lessons. It provides lessons that are Standards based, making it easy to pick and chose lessons that can fit into the curriculum. This website makes it easy for teachers to create lessons that are actually interesting to students. Students aren't just learning math, they are learning skills to solve problems about things they care about. The topics on the site include things like Nike, the NBA, outer space, things that students wouldn't think normally go together with math. Being able to hook kids onto a math lesson, really get them engaged is a difficult task for a teacher. However, this website, from the looks of it, has some great potential to serve as an aid to teachers. I know as a future teacher, I will be looking everywhere to find contexts that would be relevant to my kids. Sample lessons that are already tied to CCSS would be even better.
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Kay Clarke's insight:
This article seems to be extremely popular amongst my fellow future teachers. I am so happy that I came across this article in our Scoop It community. I've mentioned this a lot this semester, but this reminded me a lot of what I've started to do in my math class. We do "Train Your Brains" at least three times a week (open ended problems), and my kids absolutely love it. This article really hits on some of the ideas I try to get across to my kids. For example, whenever we start one of our "workouts" we make sure to put our "math goggles" on becuase they help us see how the math problem will help us in the real world. For instance, sometimes our Train Your Brains go more with the developing a mathematical eye principle, very much like when the article talks about deeply engaging with the "eye candy" of math. Pictures can help kids find interest in things that they would never have seen math in. I've seen my kids develop into fantastic critical thinkers over the last two months, and this article encourages me into thinking I am on the right track.
Real World Math! Students use the given menu and daily specials to calculate the total bill for four different bills. Students use percents of numbers to
Kay Clarke's insight:
Teacherspayteachers is a website that I had not heard of until this semester. The fifth grade team at my school looks to this website a lot for different and fun ideas that are a little more "fun" than what MCPS gives us. I found this with another fifth grade teach actually one day during planning. (She has an account, and I just created one). This fit in perfectly to what we were doing! At the time, we were working on decimals and rounding. Although this worksheet was a little advanced, we still took the idea from it-generating a bill and calculating totals to work into a Train Your Brain. I made a whole TYB on a trip to the mall, letting them go shopping around the room and recording the prices on 5 items. They then had to total them up, or figure out how much change they would recieve if they paid with a certain bill. It was all great stuff because the kids could absolutley relate to the task. The students were SO excited to buy the One Direction poster and the Mine Craft game. By doing something that was meaningful to the students, and putting in a relevant context-like shopping, my kids were hooked. We called it "Decimal Shopping" and we did it for the next two fridays. The kids would come in on Mondays and talk about what kind of "Decimal Shopping" they did on the weekend. I truly believe this task was especially meaningful to them, they were so proud to tell me that they can correctly estimate how much change their parents will receive at the grocery store.
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