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The Order of Operations is Wrong

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This video is awesome. It really dives into the reason that so many students still struggle with operations even though they know PEMDAS. There are certain rules that go into this that studetns don't see because they really dont know the reasons that we do that things we do when it comes to PEMDAS. I think that this video can either be used in a classroom or to simply be watched by the teacher because it shows us what we can do to explain things a little differently .

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Teaching With Three-Act Tasks: Act One

Teaching With Three-Act Tasks: Act One | Wonders of math | Scoop.it
Table of Contents Teaching With Three-Act Tasks: Act One Teaching With Three-Act Tasks: Act Two Teaching With Three-Act Tasks: Act Three & Sequel I get nervous when I see long-time blog readers...
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Dan Meyer does a wonderful job in getting students (and teachers) hooked. He has this philosophy of three-acts to get students involved. Each step gives them a little more insight to generate the discussion and interest that you want in a math classroom, but may struggle with acheiving. This could be directly used in a classroom to model something that the students are learning, or this could be used by the teacher to make their own tree-act problem and even possibly have the students create their own as an assignment to connect back to what they have been learning in the classroom.

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Connecting Math to the Real World: The Biological World

Connecting Math to the Real World: The Biological World | Wonders of math | Scoop.it
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This websit would be fantastic to have an interdisciplinary unit between science and math. One particular part that I found interesting was this one "How are matrices and matrix operations used to explore the effects on the animal food chain of an ecosystem in which a wildfire has destroyed the grasses? " These are the kinds of things that I always have hard time with making connections. I think that if a science teacher and a math teacher wanted to work together to make the connections between the biological world and the math classroom this would be a great way to explore those connections.

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Sylvia dz's comment, November 4, 2013 8:01 PM
the reason this would be great for a classroom is because teachers always struggle with relating math to the real world and this is a great website for relating math to science. it would be a greatest to use math or connect to science.
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Twitter / taytumpierce: algebra 2 or death?¿? ...

Twitter / taytumpierce: algebra 2 or death?¿? ... | Wonders of math | Scoop.it
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This could be one way to get your students into the math...having them post their work somewhere if they are struggling.. we then might have to worry about the students copying work, but if there is a way to do it i think it could be very cool. This could very similarly be done with a googledoc in a classroom to have students maybe do when they are working on a review. That way if there are questions and the teacher cannot respond right away other students could answer the questions that their classmates are posing.

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How othen do we come across interesting math concepts? All the time of course! this one takes the cake for me though, a professor has found a formula for the right amount of toppings on a pizza.

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The Cicada's Love Affair With Prime Numbers

The Cicada's Love Affair With Prime Numbers | Wonders of math | Scoop.it
Any cicada that tries to break the pattern is simply taking her offspring’s life into her own hands…
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I've always wondered what the deal was with the cicadas and why they only come out so many times. This was mind-blowing when I realized it all had to do with math. This could be a great article to read if one was to talk about prime numbers in math or even predators in a biology class! This could also be another topic that would be interdisciplinary with science and math. If the science and math teachers wanted to they could use this article to get students to try and find other things in nature that relate to math  or even prime numbers.

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12 Days of Christmas - Spiked Math

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12 Days of Christmas - Spiked Math Comic - A daily math webcomic meant to entertain and humor the geek in you...

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I think that this website has a lot of fun comics that you could use in a math classroom. Some of them might not be relevant, but there is a little bit of humor in each one. This could be used as comin relief in math, especially if the students are learning a tough topic for them.

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Watch this: The beautiful math behind everyday events

Watch this: The beautiful math behind everyday events | Wonders of math | Scoop.it
Math is everywhere. Every time you drop sugar in your coffee, every time a plane takes to the sky, and every time you roll the dice, there's math to explain what is happening and, often, why. A...

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I think that this video would be great in a classroom because there are so many times I know that I struggle to show the connection between the real world and the math that we are working on. This video does this beautifully because it shows the math, diagram, and real life event simultaneously. I think that this could be used on the first day of class or the last day of class to show students that there are truly connections to the real world and that math really does explain a lot of things that happen in out daily lives.

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Laurence Cuffe's curator insight, November 1, 2013 10:13 AM

Nicely put together. Could start a class.

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In 23 Advanced Economies: U.S. Adults Rank 21st in Math Skills | CNS News

In 23 Advanced Economies: U.S. Adults Rank 21st in Math Skills | CNS News | Wonders of math | Scoop.it
CNSNews.com was launched on June 16, 1998 as a news source for individuals, news organizations and broadcasters who put a higher premium on balance than spin and seek news that’s ignored or under-reported as a result of media bias by omission.
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I think this shows us that we need to work on math and literacy with students. If we were to start to combine the two then they may not be so foreign. I also think that the problem is once people leave the classroom and the school setting math becomes an aferthought and they lose their sense of math and how to use it.

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Looking For Real-World Math Problems? Try Google Earth!

Looking For Real-World Math Problems? Try Google Earth! | Wonders of math | Scoop.it
Aiming to get kids to understand and solve real-world math problems, one teacher developed a tool that uses Google Earth.
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I never even thought to look to google earth for math problems. It does solve that problm of trying to find real word applications for math problems. I think websites like google earth would be great to use in a classroom

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Unknown Mathematician Proves Elusive Property of Prime Numbers - Wired Science

Unknown Mathematician Proves Elusive Property of Prime Numbers - Wired Science | Wonders of math | Scoop.it
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This article is awesome because it lends itself to motivating students. It shows that even someone who is not well known in the world of math, can still make a difference in the field. This could be used if the question comment comes up in a math classroom that only people that are well known do well in math. This particular article i think lends itself to show students that anyone can prove something in math. I think that this could also be used to show students that sometimes giving a fresh look on a proof can have amazing results. There are too many times that students are so set on a partiular way of doing things and seeing the other ways is impossible. Showing them an article like this one could motivate them to want to try new things in math.

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8 Videos That Prove Math Is Awesome

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Check out these 8 videos that explore the beauty of math, both in its simplicity and its complexity.
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I found this website that has a few videos as to why math is awesome. (which it is of course), but there are so many times I wish I could simply show someone something cool in math, and I think that these videos are just the thing. When you need to take a break in a classroom this is also a way to pass a few minutes, but still do something related to math. I feel that it could also be used as a motivator to show students that there are really interesting things in the math world.

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