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RainbowsWithinReach: Making Math Meaningful: Building a Math Foundation

RainbowsWithinReach: Making Math Meaningful: Building a Math Foundation | Making Mathmatics Meaningful | Scoop.it
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This website is a wonderful resource to find ideas of how to integrate math meaninfully into your classroom! One of my favorite examples was creating a weather chart. There were three choices on this particular graph of sunny, rainy and cloudy. Students would get to add a square for each day to the appropriate weather. This let them create an ongoing graph while looking at the weather right outside their classroom!

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Who Says Math Has to Be Boring? - New York Times

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Who Says Math Has to Be Boring?
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American students are bored by math, science and engineering. They buy smartphones and tablets by the millions but don't pursue the skills necessary to build them.
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This article talks about the difficulties that students are having with the STEM subjects but especially in math. It suggests that if educators can find ways to make math more exciting for students this will have a profound effect on their futures. This has been one of the main topics during this course--to find ways to make math more exciting for our students so that we don't "loose" them. The article also goes on to provide ways in which teachers can make mathematics more exciting for our students.

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Low math, science scores blamed on boring curriculum - Deseret News

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Deseret News Low math, science scores blamed on boring curriculum Deseret News Test scores for American students in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) for 2012 were released Tuesday and revealed considerably lower math results...
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This article references an article posted in TIMES magazine for the need to "spice" up math curriculum and make it more meaningful to students. This is something we have focuse on all semester--to make math more relevant to students lives so that they can be more engaged in it. I did a math lesson dealing with charactergrams and prizes in order to make it more meaningful to my students as that is something we use schoolwide!

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Laura Jane's curator insight, December 15, 2013 11:27 PM

This article stresses the importance of making math education authentic and engaging. Many people believe that the low math [and science] scores can be accredited to the fact that our curriculum lacks authentic applications. If we want students to think of math as practical and useful, we need to make it more authentic and relevant. Showing students how they use math in their everyday lives is critical. The article offers many suggestions for making real world connections in everyday math teaching, which I hope to implement in my own lessons.

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How To Make Math Meaningful

Edutopia.org's Director of Video Programming, Zachary Fink, interviews UC Berkeley professor Dor Abrahamson about how to increase students' understanding of ...
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This video is a great resource in terms of making math come alive for students. He talks about different ways you can do this such as using manipulatives, real word activities instead of just using paper and pencil. By using the strategies he talks about you can be sure your students will be more engaged in math!

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Real World Math

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Welcome!  Real World Math is a collection of free math activities for Google Earth designed for students and educators. Mathematics is much more than a set  of problems in a textbook.  In the virtual world of Google Earth, concepts and challenges can be presented in a meaningful way that portray the usefulness of the ideas.


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Although this is not an article that discusses ways to make real world math, it is a website that has an abundance of actual resources and activities on how to use real world math in the classroom using Google Earth. It has activities and lesson plans as well as an explanation of how you can use the activities! I will definatly be using this resource in my classroom!

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