Making Mathematics Accessible and Meaningful
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Measuring-Up-Making-Math-Meaningful.pdf

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Just as we did "mathematical eye" activities in our classes to show students that math exists outside of the classrorom, this article from "learn toady" talks about a strategy to make mathematics meaningful for students.  This  outlines a workshop where teachers can help students "quantify" their world through the usage of rulers and scales.  Students can simply measure the things in their households and in the class and create mathematical meaning to the items that are around them.  This way, students will open their eyes to see that math that they learn in the class can be used outside of class in real life.  I will use this activity in the future for sure so that my students can be eager to "quantify" their world. 

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Teaching secrets: Making math meaningful for all | CTQ

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Creating real-life examples for the concepts that the student is learning seems to be the overarching theme for making math meaningful for all students.  We know as students ourselves that if we could not personally connect with the concepts learned in school, we often took the tests, quizzes, and exams and tended to forget the knowledge that we had "obtained".  This article introduces many methods to make math meaningful for all students.  One of the methods that stood out to me on top of creating real-life examples is teaching the students the power of "is your answer logical?"  This gets students to think about their own thinking processes.  When students are able to think critically about their methods of solving a problem, they will be able to dig deeply into a real understanding of that math.  

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Julia Lyles's curator insight, December 16, 2013 10:52 AM

This article talks about the different ways to make math meaningful to all of your students. One thing I liked was the use of white boards. In my classroom we dont have enough white boards for the whole class but we allow students to use dry erase markers and write on their desks. Students LOVE doing this and are eager to pay attention and try to figure out the problem. I also like the use of real life examples in the problems. Every math lesson I taught this semester I tried to make it relevant for the students by creating problems that talked about something they were interested in or related to them. I also had students teach concepts to each other throughout the semester in small groups and whole groups. Students enjoy this task because they like to get up in front of the class and present as individuals and in groups.

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Beyond the Book Expert Opinions: Manipulatives Make Math Meaningful

Beyond the Book Expert Opinions: Manipulatives Make Math Meaningful | Making Mathematics Accessible and Meaningful | Scoop.it
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As a former math student myself, I find myself in a struggle when I am faced with a real-life problem that I cannot solve without the formula I have been taught to use.   I think as students, we have gotten too comfortable using formulas to solve problems and not have been taught any background information on how that formula has been developed.  This article discusses how adults were able to solve a real-life problem without using any formulas, just by using manipulatives.  I have realized the importance of manipulatives during my student teaching this semester.  Students with different learning styles can benefit greatly from using manipulatives.  

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Julia Lyles's curator insight, December 16, 2013 10:17 AM

Throughout the semester I have realized how important it is to give students manipulatives to work with in math class.  This article discusses how to solve a real-life problem  just by using manipulatives.  Students with different learning styles can benefit greatly from using manipulatives rather than just completing a worksheet. It is engaging and allows students to easily explore different ways to figure out a problem. 

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Education Rethink @edrethink: Making Math Meaningful Again

Education Rethink @edrethink: Making Math Meaningful Again | Making Mathematics Accessible and Meaningful | Scoop.it
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Even though this article talks about a math class that might be older than my students, I think it brings about a great topic.  The author tried to make his math lesson meaningful by presenting a real-life scenario to the students.  They actually had to "solve" this real-life problem, not just because it was a math problem to be solved.  I also liked the fact that this teacher allowed the students to solve the problem anyway that the students wanted.  They used variety of methods like pictures and tables to solve their problems.  I think it is vital that teachers help students find a mathematical process that works the best for them.  I know that a lot of my students in my class like drawing out circles to add and subtract, others like using counters and still others like using the number line to solve their addition and subtraction problems.  

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This powerpoint presentation focuses on making mathematical instruction accessible for all students.  In order to do so, we need have differentiated instructional lesson plans.  We cannot simply think about the majority of the class but we need to think to cater to the needs of all students including our English Language Learners and students with other instructional needs.  Reaching out to individual students or even small groups help to differentiate the lesson.  I will use the strategies introduced in this presentation to positively impact the learning of all students.

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