In order for students to fully understand mathematical concepts, they have to begin with understanding mathematical terminology. Mathwords.com provides a fantastic way of looking up math terminology and obtaining proper (math based) definitions, and even diagrams related to the terms.
Mathwords.com is a great text which can find use in any mathematics classroom. This text provides teachers the ability to reinforce their own definitions of a math term through the use of properly written (and accurate) definitions as well as detailed diagrams describing the terms' features, representation, or operation.
As an aspiring math teacher I have come to understand the importance of vocabulary in the classroom. As comprehensive as math is, teachers need to make sure students are understanding mathematical vocabulary, terms, and symbols in order to be able to progress through more complex mathematics. I will be using this text as a way of creating proper definitions and diagrams of important vocabulary found in units being covered. With these polished up images and definitions, students and I will create posters which will be displayed up on the classroom walls for all students to use as reference. Overall Mathwords.com can help fellow math teachers (and myself) in refining our students understanding of math vocabulary.
IXL is the Web's most comprehensive maths practice site. Popular among educators and families, IXL provides unlimited questions in more than 2,500 topics. An adaptive learning system, featuring games and awards, inspires students to achieve.
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IXL is an amazing text that can aid teachers and students alike. With this text, teachers can explore more than 2500 topics found in elementary, middle and even high school math classrooms. With this text, teachers can get an idea of the type of math problem suitable for a particular topic being covered. I very much recommend this website to all teachers who wish to get examples of suitable practice problems for their students. Not only does it provide students the ability to work out problems, but it also provides proper diagrams to clarify what is being asked.
I can see myself using this text alot during my teaching. With it, I will never run out of practice problems to give my students for bell ringers or supplemental practice worksheets. I will use it during my time teaching as well through the website itself. When exploring a particular topic in math, we will have activties where as a class we will go over a few practice problems online and answer them as we go. I believe this will engage students in the activity and will overall sharpen their understanding.
What math student has not used Kahn Academy at one point? Kahn academy takes the idea of a flipped classroom and creates an array of videos explaining various mathematical topics, concepts, theorems, and proofs.
Khan Academy videos are a great text for teachers to use. I recommend to all teachers to use this text as a form of providing students help outside of the classroom. Best of all, it's free of charge! I feel that there is only so much teachers can teach in the classroom, and at times, it may not be enough. With Kahn Academy, teachers can encourage students to watch these videos on their free time as a way of sharpening up their understanding of the particular unit being taught in class. Also, for those who learn better through diagrams, kahn acedemy videos provide plenty of those, as well as making use of various symbols and colors to provide a more clear representation for optimum learning.
Khan Academy has been a great tool for my personal learning, so I know it has the potential to help any math student seeking extra help. For those times when I have not completed a unit, or if I determine students could use the extra help, this text will help in filling the gaps. I will encourage my students to take the time, sit back, relax and watch these videos whenever they wish.
Improve your math skills. Fun game teaches addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and elementary algebra. For kids and children of all ages and grades.
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This website provides a great text for all mathematics teachers. I recommend for teachers to use this in the classroom as a way of engagin students. Who doesn't like playing a fun game? And better yet, what teacher does not enjoy watching their students having fun while still learning? This is why I recommend it to all teachers.
Funbrain.com would be something I would use plenty in my own classroom. This text creates the ability for students to enjoy fun interactive games, all while learning and improving their math skills. This text creates a connection between learning and having fun in the classroom. What I also love about it is the ability to designate a particular grade level,topic, or difficulty.
I would introduce this text in my math classroom on days where review is needed. Also, I see myself using this text as a way of gaining student interest in math in order to encourage them and boost their self efficacy. I can see myself using this during the middle of the week in between units as a nice refresher and as a way of relaxing my students from a weeks worth of lecture and lessons.
War, politics, the economy, these are all common topics in the news currently on the web, but what about math? Actually, as hard as it may be to believe, topics dealing with math are constantly being published on the web, and the Mathematical Association of America is the source where we can find these topics.
MAA.org provides articles, essays, and even blog posts dealing with mathematics. Because of this, I feel that MAA.org can become a very useful text in the classroom. With this text, teachers can keep up with current events dealing with mathematics, and in turn, present them in the classroom. This without a doubt is sure to increase student interest and overall engagement. It emphasizes the idea that math is used constantly.
In the classroom, I will use current articles in "Math-news" in order to obtain student interest. I will present these articles and use them to form classroom discussions. With these articles, students will think abstractly as I present questions such as " In what ways is this related to our current math topic?" or "What other mathematical concepts are at play or are discussed in the content of the article?" Also, as a class we may attempt to establish the issue and whether or not we could use the skills learned to formulate a hypothesis or even a solution. Overall, MAA.org will provide us an avenue to discuss current events, all while making mathematics relavent to our students.
Julia Detar, a videogame designer who creates online games for the company Arkadium, describes how she got involved in the gaming world, gives an introduction to the math in computer programming languages, and presents a videogame-related math...
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Finally, a solution to the ever popular question surrounding mathematics, "When are we ever even going to use this?"
"Get-The-Math" provided by thirteen.org gives a useful text which math teachers can use in the classroom to show how mathematics is found in the "real world" and how it is all around us.
I highly recomment this text for all teachers to use in the classroom. It seems as though students are always wondering when, where or why they would ever use mathematics. With "Get-The-Math's" various videos and examples, teachers can show students how math is found, basically, everywhere! Students' interests may be far from the classroom, and so, by using topics such as music, sports, and video games, (which are all very popular and important things to teenagers) teachers will have gained students interest and attention.
Keeping material fresh and relevant has obtained great emphasis in my personal teaching philosophy. Therefore, I can definitely see myself using this text in my classroom. This text will get students thinking of where else mathematics can be found, and it will also provide them clear examples of where mathematics is used. I would use "Get-The-Math" as a basis for a potential unit project in my classroom. I would ask students to take the same idea used in "Get-The-Math" and provide a particular activity, occupation, hobby or other topic, and show examples of the various types of mathematics found in their individual topics. I feel this will be very revealing to my students and give them a new appreciation for the importance of learning mathematics
Wolfram Alpha is every math teachers dream! It provides teachers as well as students the ability to compute all sorts of math problems. I recommend this text to all math teachers because of its multiple uses. It provides teachers a quick check of any teacher self-created math problems. Also, to aid students in their understanding, teachers may use this as a form of supplemental help. Wolfram Alpha does not only give you solutions to math problems, but it gives a variety of representation of what the problem itself entails, as well as various representations of what exactly the answer tells us about the problem.
I see myself using Wolfram Alpha in the classroom as a way of showing my students a visual representation of what they are learning, as a well as a way of comparing methods of finding solutions. Some students learn from seeing problems worked out, some from visual aids such as charts, graphs, or geometric shapes. Whatever the case, the true beauty of Wolfram Alpha is that it provides all of these great things, and even more! As stated before, it is every teacher's dream, and by using it to help obtain a more concrete understanding of mathematics in your students, this text will help improve your overall teaching.
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