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How to Fall in Love With Math - New York Times

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How to Fall in Love With Math
New York Times
BALTIMORE — EACH time I hear someone say, “Do the math,” I grit my teeth.

Via Corinne Tomaszewski
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Thanks to Corinne, this interesting article sums up the most commonly asked question in math..."When will I really use this?"  So many students find the traditional way of learning math to be boring and useless, feeling that it does not connect to the real world, myself included at times!  These ideas need to be broken and this great article talks about how to cause students to fall in love with math, in turn, making it more meaningful and useful in their lives.  Through our developing technology, there are so many awesome resources that can be used to create interest in students eyes including animations, videos, manipulatives, and overall just connecting the ideas being taught to real life situations for students.

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Kristina-Maria Paspalis's curator insight, December 1, 2013 11:43 PM

I found this great article on Rebecca's Scoop It page, and I am so glad that I did! I hope that by scooping it on my page, more interns can find this and engage in a reading that will enlighten them on how to make math more meaningful. I gained perspective by reading this article because I never really thought about how people say "Do the math", and how that compares to other subjects. I have been musically inclined my entire life, and not once have I ever heard my many private music teachers tell me to "do the music" during our lessons. I presume this is because music is something that cannot be done, and math is exactly the same way. You can't do something that you don't understand, and the key to understanding is developing at least some level of respect for it, if you will. Students must be given the opportunity to see the value of math for what it is instead of thinking about math in terms of worksheets and mindless activities. The key to falling in love with math as the article states, is having a context where you can develop your own understanding. Just like with music, everyone interprets math differently, but each person develops their own understanding of it based on this. I think this is a really deep concept and I am just beginning to scratch the surface of this idea. 

Julie Price's curator insight, December 11, 2013 10:48 PM

I love this article and I think that it highlights a lot of what we have talked about in our math methods course. Changing the focus of math from just mundane arithmitic to broader, project based types of assignments would really open students eyes to how fun and creative math can be. I think that the new curriculum 2.0 in MCPS is a step in this direction with math. I want to create the culture of learning described in this article in my classroom and make math time fun AND meaningful at the same time. It was also interesting to read some of the other comments made to the editor. They show that we are really at a crossroads with how people believe math should be taught in schools.

Laura Jane's curator insight, December 15, 2013 11:32 PM

As Corinne and Rebecca have already stated, this article delves deeper into the recurring question: "When will I actually use this??" So frequently, I catch myself being unable to explain how to perform a mathematical operation because it was so ingrained in my head HOW to do it, but now WHY we do it. It's hard to think of ways to mix up math, because it is one thing that has changed very little for hundreds of years. This article discusses that students perceive the traditional paper and pencil method of learning math as boring... Who can blame them?? We have way to many resources, and technology is too readily available, for our math lessons to be outdated and monotonous. This article offers many ideas for making students "fall in love with math," and I think the first step is for us to fall in love with it ourselves, as teachers. 

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Primary Magazine - Issue 28: The Art of Mathematics - NCETM

Primary Magazine - Issue 28: The Art of Mathematics - NCETM | Making Mathematics Accessible and Meaningful | Scoop.it
Explore the NCETM Primary Magazine - Issue 28. Published monthly, the magazine includes a range of features and professional development materials.
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This is great!  Talking about how to find math in all kinds of patterns everywhere will really connect math to the outside world for students.  I would love to use this to talk about patterns in wallpaper or some other design.

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Everyday Mathematics in First Grade

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I'm so excited! My six-year-old brought home the first Everyday Mathematics unit for First Grade last week. I already conquered First Grade math myself back in the 70s, and I survived First Grade w...
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This blog post includes great ways for parents to incorporate math language and skills into every day activities.  One of my favorites was counting by 2s or 5s instead of by 1s.

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Jamie Kanrich's curator insight, December 15, 2013 10:01 PM

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This blog offers useful suggestions on quick ways to integrate math in childrens day-to-day routines. For instance, she gives her child to the count of 3 to pick up her backpack. In my class, I have actually implemented something similar where I say I'll give you to the count of 10 to clean up, get ready for lunch, and line up quietly. It always works and students sometimes recite the numbers with me as well. I can aslo discuss the weather, for instance, it is 30 degrees outside- put on a jacket. Or, it is 90 degrees outside, let's go swimming. Students will associate these degree temperatures with their correlating weather. This promotes a further understanding of the integration of math.

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Daily Calendar for Kids.... I love this idea! Each kid has a paper that they have to fill out during calendar time....that way everyone is participating!
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The Daily Calendar time incorporates math into everyday use for children to apply outside of the classroom.  Time, money, the number of days of school, and so many more activities relate directly to the outside world.

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Of MOOCs and Technology: Why True Education Is Not Content Delivery

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Today's students don't need more technology; they don't need more PowerPoint and computer-based learning platforms. What they need are enthusiastic and talented and creative teachers and professors who see education not as a job but as a calling.
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This article provides an interesting look at the use of technology.  Thanks to Corinne for this link!  I find it interesting that in a society where everyone is pushing the use of technology in schools, Astore expresses how it is important to teach students in an engaging way versus just using technology.  I think that there are positive ways to use technology to your benefit, however, having the students "sit at a computer" is not engaging.  It is the teacher's responsibility to create guided discovery through use of technology.

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4 Ways Parents Can Encourage Math Skills At Home - Edudemic

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It's one thing to get students excited about math in the classroom. But what about learning math skills at home? Here are some tips for parents!

Via commoncore2014@gmail.com
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With the new Common Core coming into play, all lessons should tie into problem solving and exploring outside of the classroom.  I hope to use this website to assist parents in helping their children (my students) discover math at home.  By observing math around them, students will no longer think that learning math is just in our textbook, but that they can find it all around them!

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Madeline Morgan's curator insight, November 12, 2013 9:45 PM

Making math meaningful inside the classroom is very helpful but extending this to outside the classroom is important as well. For math homework in my future classroom I want it to be things that the students can do at home. This article gives great ways that parents can help at home to make math meaningful. The article gives examples of just being positive and practicing math skills with their child, but I really like the section that discussed how parents can use activites like baking, bills, and sports to work with their child on math. This sparked an idea for my future classroom by encouraging parents to look at everyday activities and having their child work on math y completing these simple everyday activities. An example of this could be when baking have the student get out and measure all the ingredients. The parent could ask the student why he or she got out that certain amount and how he or she knew that they got the correct amount. An activity like this is not only fun for the parent and child, but it is also a great way to show the student that math can be found outside of the classroom, it can even be found at home. By the student/child seeing that even their parent deals with math on a regular basis will open their eyes to math in a whole new way. By building meaningful math skills at home, this will then transfer into the classroom and allow the students to see that what they are learning is very important and meaningful.

Julie Price's curator insight, December 11, 2013 11:03 PM

I think that this is an awesome resource for parents about the new Common Core State Standards. It provides great ideas for ways that math can be accessible at home. I will use this in my classroom to give to parents as a resource. It also has some good ideas that we as teachers could consider using as meaningful homework assignments. I really like how this resource points out the shift in mathematical thinking and how it is important for parents to be aware of it.

Kay Clarke's curator insight, December 12, 2013 6:44 PM

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.  

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Teaching Time
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Students often times struggle with telling time and this great addition to an average clock can really help students better understand how to tell time, using a skill that is vitally important in every day life.

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