Making Math Accessible and Meaningful
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# Making Math Accessible and Meaningful

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## Twitter / groganbee: Use @LEGO_Group to teach ...

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Jenny Choi's insight:

This is an example of a fun, unique way of teachnig fractions. Normally, fractions is visually taught with "pie charts" and other shapes. Taking this different approach is beneficial because it gets students to see fractions through a whole new, yet consistent, way. It will also engage them because legos are more hands-on and interesting than pie charts! It is also useful because the shapes are consistent, whereas if students were to hand-draw fractions using pie charts, they may not be.

Alysia's curator insight,

Love the idea of using legos to teach fractions. I think students would be excited to see examples of fractions in something that they play with.

Alexis's curator insight,

This is a great,creative way to teach fractions. This is a fantastic visual aid for students especially when they begin to add and subtract fractions. I believe that it would give students a better understanding of fractions overall including how to make one whole. This would be a great set of manipulatives to have in my classroom and to make math accessible to my students.

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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 ...
Jenny Choi's insight:

This video exemplifies how 21st century of mathematics needs to be more meaningful than merely solving problems. Dr. Dor states that "usually when people think about math, they think about x & y and number... However, math is about making sense of the world." I believe that this video reveals the true importance of math and how it is important to get students to "see the world mathematically". I would follow the guidelines by devling deep into mathematical concepts by having my students be creative, inquisitive, and connect them to the world, instead of simply "scribbling problems".

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## Math Activities, Centers, and Reproducibles

How many days have we been in school? Fun chart to teach place value
Jenny Choi's insight:

This is a simple and fun example of putting place values into use. Each paper clip represents one day, and they are strung into groups of 10; therefore, each string of paper clips represents a ten. When there are 10 10's, they are bundled together to create a hundred. I would use this exercise in my classroom because it visually demonstrates the organization of place values. Also, it shows regrouping, as the number of ones, tens, and hundreds changes as more days are added. I could allow my students to add a paper clip everyday to put place values to use.

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## Education World: Connecting to Math in Real Life

Resources for connecting Math class to the real world.
Jenny Choi's insight:

Here is a great resource with various lessons to engage students in real-world, open-ended mathematics. An example of one of the lessons is about math and taxes: "Students examine careers and reflect on how workers use math in their occupations. They study

selected occupations, learning about the work skills (human capital) that different workers possess and salaries that those workers earn. Next, students learn about how taxes are paid on income that
people earn and how income tax is calculated. They learn how the progressive federal income tax is based on the ability-to-pay principle." I would definetly put some of these lessons into use in my classroom, because not only do they cover basic mathematic concepts, but they take a step further and connect them to the real-world and other content areas.

Eunmi Yang's curator insight,

I think it is important to help students to see that math is everywhere around them instead of just in the classroom. Once the students see how math is used everyday, I believe that they will be more engaged and see the reason why they need to learn about mathematics. In addition, when students make connections with the material, they understand it much better and easier. For example, I showed an image of a family baking cupcakes and the image contained a pan of cupcakes that looked like they were in an array formation. So the students saw that and they saw how multiplication could be used to help them with real world situations and the students were very amused with the idea that they can use their own math skills/understandings outside of the classroom.

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## Teaching

Teach place value using the year!
Jenny Choi's insight:

Here is an example of using place values to describe years. This is a simple yet effective way of connecting place value to students' everyday lives. I would use this method, because it shows how place values help to organize data, such as years (somthing all students realte to).

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## Make Your Content Relevant By Using Real Life Examples

Building meaningful relationships in the classroom by making your content relevant.   A major part of teaching deals with the connections that teachers and students make on a daily basis in the c...
Jenny Choi's insight:

This funny comic has a good point- make sure your "real-world" questions are relevant to your students!

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