Making Math Accesible & Meaningful
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Media4Math's Blog

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What a better way to make math meaningful than finding examples of how math is present in the media to use in your classroom. I came across this website via twitter #mathchat. When I saw that it was refering to math in the media I had to take a look. The website/blog includes many examples of how one can find math in the media and use these prompts to get students doing math. I LOVE this! From this website there is a lot of math for grades 4-6. But by looking at this website it sparked many ideas on how lower level math can be found in the media as well. This website can be used by all teachers in order to make math connect to what is going on all around the world. In my future classrooms I would like to use this in order to make math more meaningful. On the website it explains things that are found in our news today and uses them to write a math problem. An example of this that I found was about gas prices right now and finding alternate ways to spend less money on gas. I really like how the problems that pertain to the media are about what is going on in the present day. By making problems like these in my future math classroom my students will be able to see how and why math is meaningful. They would be able to see that each day their is math found in the news. For most of the lessons found on this website you have to signup to download the lesson that this person made, but this is a great resource to simply get ideas on how a teacher could do this in their classroom. This website could be used to get ideas, but then a teacher could use today's news and come up with his or her own math problems. In my classroom I think it would be great to try to bring in a real newspaper each day and make up problems based off of it. This again would give the students a real life example of math in the media. This idea is excellent and is a great way to make math more meaningful to students.

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4 Ways Parents Can Encourage Math Skills At Home - Edudemic

4 Ways Parents Can Encourage Math Skills At Home - Edudemic | Making Math Accesible & Meaningful |
It's one thing to get students excited about math in the classroom. But what about learning math skills at home? Here are some tips for parents!

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Making math meaningful inside the classroom is very helpful but extending this to outside the classroom is important as well. For math homework in my future classroom I want it to be things that the students can do at home. This article gives great ways that parents can help at home to make math meaningful. The article gives examples of just being positive and practicing math skills with their child, but I really like the section that discussed how parents can use activites like baking, bills, and sports to work with their child on math. This sparked an idea for my future classroom by encouraging parents to look at everyday activities and having their child work on math y completing these simple everyday activities. An example of this could be when baking have the student get out and measure all the ingredients. The parent could ask the student why he or she got out that certain amount and how he or she knew that they got the correct amount. An activity like this is not only fun for the parent and child, but it is also a great way to show the student that math can be found outside of the classroom, it can even be found at home. By the student/child seeing that even their parent deals with math on a regular basis will open their eyes to math in a whole new way. By building meaningful math skills at home, this will then transfer into the classroom and allow the students to see that what they are learning is very important and meaningful.

Rebecca Siegel's curator insight, October 1, 2013 2:24 PM

With the new Common Core coming into play, all lessons should tie into problem solving and exploring outside of the classroom.  I hope to use this website to assist parents in helping their children (my students) discover math at home.  By observing math around them, students will no longer think that learning math is just in our textbook, but that they can find it all around them!

Julie Price's curator insight, December 12, 2013 4:03 AM

I think that this is an awesome resource for parents about the new Common Core State Standards. It provides great ideas for ways that math can be accessible at home. I will use this in my classroom to give to parents as a resource. It also has some good ideas that we as teachers could consider using as meaningful homework assignments. I really like how this resource points out the shift in mathematical thinking and how it is important for parents to be aware of it.

Kay Clarke's curator insight, December 12, 2013 11:44 PM

This post reminded me of one of our assignments in class this semester where Dr. Bote had us design homeowrk assigments that could get some parental involvement with how the assignments were designed.  I thought this post had some great ideas about how to do this.  With Curriculum 2.0 in MCPS, I've noticed that my 5th grade team has struggled with generating HW assignments that can realte to the real world.  By getting parents involved, students may be able to start seeing math in the real world.  I especially liked the "Talk Math" idea.  As a future teacher, I think this strategy in particular will be something that I will call upon next year at Back to School Night when I address my parents.  

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Real World Math Problems

Real World Math Problems | Making Math Accesible & Meaningful |
Mathalicious lessons teach standards-based math through real-world topics that students care about.
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What better way to make math meaningful then teaching math through concepts and ideas that students actually care about? This website is a great tool that does just that. This website uses real world topics and gives examples of lessons that teachers can use around these topics. In my future classroom I feel as though this lesson would be a great tool to use in order to make math meaningful to my students. Not only does this website have problems that students can connect too, it also has videos and handouts that teachers can use when developing their lesson around the real world ideas. Examples of these real world problems included things like the NBA, technology, and travel. These are just a few but you can see that this website had a wide varitey of problems for all students interests. I really like this website a lot. I think that something like this would really open students eyes to the fact that math is all around us, and without it we would not be able to do many things that we do today. I think this website would also be a great tool in order to motivate students who do not like math. Being able to show students these kinds of problems and watch their interest in math increase would be great. When students want to learn and find what they are learning relevant they will become much more motivated. When I was a student I was never given real world math problems. Today I feel as though if I was given math problems, lessons, and/or projects based on some of the examples from this website I would have been able to see the connection between the real world and what I was being taught in math. I think having students see this connection is crucial. Without this connection students will have a lack of motivation and put math on the back burner.

Corinne Tomaszewski's curator insight, December 15, 2013 4:38 PM

I saw this scooped on another intern's site and I think that it has great potential. Just by exmporing for a few minutes I could see that it provides teacher with alternatives to traditional math lessons and really strives to make math meaningful and applicable for students. Unfortunately it does come with a price, so in terms of isn't for teachers. Also, when I was looking at some of the lessons it seemed to be geared more towards the upper elementayr grades. If I were to use this as a resource and pay the monthly fee I would hope they have adaptations for different grade levels. I think the idea behind it is  great!! Making math concrete and in a real world context is crucial for helping students understand and later transfer that knowledge. 

Rachel Dwyer's curator insight, December 15, 2013 11:38 PM

This website makes math accessible and meaningful for students. On the website, they provide you with lessons and activities that have some sort of creative title and theme, such as Stairway to Heaven or Need for Speed. Then they provide the students with problem-solving activities that allow them to focus on and explore content that is within the curriculum in a fun and engaging way.

They use real world examples and themes in what they create, and encourage students in their learning and math experiences to make these connections and to find math in the world around them.

These problems remind me of the types of problems that we created in our Open-Ended Problem Solving (except they are not open-ended).

In terms of my own teaching, I intend to incorporate these types of problems into math instruction. I could use the problems that they provide, but also come up with my own, and then even have the students come up with their own. This allows students to do math relating to something that they know about and has purpose for them, and their familiarity and knowledge of it allows it to be accessible. They can reach it and understand it.

The students, through these problems, can think about math in terms of their world, and see the meaning behind the math and how our world can help us to understand it. The problems represent a wide variety of topics and ideas which are interesting and allow all students to find something that they are interested in. I have definitely got lots of ideas and examples which are starting to come to mind of what I could do to make these connections. I was wondering about how I might take what we have experienced in Dr. Bote's class and to then create some similar to these, so I am excited to have discovered this source. I found this on my own, but then saw that Madeline and Kayla had it on theirs as well. I think that the students' learning will now be more reinforced and relevant to their lives and experiences. They will no longer ask me: "Will we ever even use this in the real world and when we get older?" They can practice and learn to be explorers and discoverers who question, critique, and examine the world around them to make connections in math.

Kimberly Wynkoop's curator insight, January 27, 2014 2:25 AM

This website has many premade lessons that can be used as is or as a jump off point for your own students.  The lessons are all real world problems. Many of your students will be able to relate to the lessons content.

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Reaching Students: 18 Simple Ways To Make A Lasting Impact On Your Students

Reaching Students: 18 Simple Ways To Make A Lasting Impact On Your Students | Making Math Accesible & Meaningful |
Reaching Students: 18 Simple Ways To Make A Lasting Impact On Your Students, including ideas, tips, and strategies.
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When I found this website I knew that it was not geared towards math, but the ideas shown on this website can be used in all subjects in the classroom. While teaching math to the students I believe the way the students feel and the classroom environment as a whole has a huge impact on how student's learn. If teachers make connections with their students and are able to make them comfortable the learning and teaching will be much easier. From this article I really liked the section that said, "Tell stories. Everybody loves a story. Tell them—in a way that is natural and comfortable for you—and students will begin to see you in three dimensions, as a full human being interacting with them for their own intellectual growth." I love this and plan to use this in my future classroom and math classroom. As a student I always loved when my teachers gave me a story to compare my learning to. It always helped my thinking. In my math classroom when teaching, I want to give my students stories and real world examples that will help them understand. This will not only show the students that math takes place outside of school, but it will help them making meaning of what they are learning. Building a strong relationship with your student's it critical in order to teach them any subject. In math this is very important because student's usually have a poor relationship with math. For example, they do not like it. As educators if we can get students to build a healthy relationship with their teachers, peers, and the subject at hand the learning will come much easier.

Julie Price's curator insight, December 12, 2013 4:16 AM

I love this website. I think that it provides so many important points and great tips for developing a positive and lasting relationship with students. One of the points that I really like from this article is knowing what to overlook. I think that not pointing out every mistake a child makes is important, especially in math. Instead we need to try to help students redirect their thinking so that they can learn through their mistakes and work through the process. I am going to keep as many of these tips in mind when I am developing a safe and inviting learning community in my classroom. Another important point that this article makes in the importance of "modeling the challenge of convention." This is important as we move to CCSS because they way that we are teaching students math and the way that they are learning it are much different than what was traditionally done in the past. I think all teachers should read this article.

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Primary Magazine - Issue 28: The Art of Mathematics - NCETM

Primary Magazine - Issue 28: The Art of Mathematics - NCETM | Making Math Accesible & Meaningful |
Explore the NCETM Primary Magazine - Issue 28. Published monthly, the magazine includes a range of features and professional development materials.
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Wondering how to make math meaningful? This is an excellent example on how to show that math is EVERYWHERE! This example represents how math can connect to art. This problem takes designs from a fashion designer and uses the patterns to show math. In my classroom I would take an idea like this and make it more open ended. Show the students these problems and ask them about the patterns and how we see math in the designs. Not only will this show the students that math is seen in all places, but it can even open student's eyes to certain careers they can have in the future that entail math. Showing students that even when you are being creative math can be present! This article also gave me new ideas for my future classroom. After reading this I began thinking on how it would be very benificial to show students how math is involved in future careers. When I was in school I can remember hating math because I did not see why we needed it. In my classroom if I could create activities that showed this to students I think it would not only make math meaningful to students, but it would motivate them. I thought this article was very intersting and it sparked many ideas that I plan to use in my future classroom.

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