The Teacher Who Believes Math Equals Love : NPR Ed What makes a great teacher great? That's the question at the heart of 50 Great Teachers, from the NPR Ed Team. For her trigonometry class, Sarah Hagan (center) uses everything but the kitchen sink: a flower pot, garbage basket, rolls of tape, rubber balls, even loose spaghetti. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption toggle caption Elissa Nadworny/NPR For her trigonometry class, Sarah Hagan (center) uses everything but the kitchen sink: a flower pot, garbage basket, rolls of tape, rubber balls, even loose spaghetti. Elissa Nadworny/NPR Sarah Hagan has a passion for math, and the pi-shaped pendant to prove it. The 25-year-old teaches at Drumright High School in Drumright, Okla. There are no stoplights, no movie theater and no bowling alley anymore. That makes it hard enough to attract good teachers, says Judd Matthes, Hagan's principal. "We don't pay a lot in Oklahoma for beginning teachers," he says, laughing from behind his desk in the school's basement. Sarah Hagan's answer: Yes, spaghetti.
Exploring Geometry by Coding With @gosphero & @tickleapp In this article I would like to dissect the Math curriculum here in Ontario and focus on the process of mathematics. From the Ontario curriculum document: Problem Solving Problem solving is central to learning mathematics. By learning to solve problems and by learning through problem solving, students are given numerous opportunities to connect mathematical ideas and to develop conceptual understanding. Computational Strategies: They may need to apply the written procedures (or algorithms) for addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division or use technology for computation. Representing In elementary school mathematics, students represent mathematical ideas and relationships and model situations using concrete materials, pictures, diagrams, graphs, tables, numbers, words, and symbols. Communicating Communication is the process of expressing mathematical ideas and understanding orally, visually, and in writing, using numbers, symbols, pictures, graphs, diagrams, and words. Stay tuned!
21 GIFs That Explain Mathematical Concepts “Let's face it; by and large math is not easy, but that's what makes it so rewarding when you conquer a problem, and reach new heights of understanding.” Danica McKellar As we usher in the start of a new school year, it’s time to hit the ground running in your classes! Math can be pretty tough, but since it is the language in which scientists interpret the Universe, there’s really no getting around learning it. Ellipse: Via: giphy Solving Pascal triangles: Via: Hersfold via Wikimedia Commons Use FOIL to easily multiply binomials: Via: mathcaptain Here’s how you solve logarithms: Via: imgur Use this trick so you don’t get mixed up when doing matrix transpositions: Via: Wikimedia Commons What the Pythagorean Theorem is really trying to show you: Via: giphy Exterior angles of polygons will ALWAYS add up to 360 degrees: Via: math.stackexchange If you’re studying trig, you better get pretty comfortable with circles. Via: imgur Via: Wikimedia Commons This shows the same thing, but a bit more simply: Via: imgur
Maths Everywhere Using Bitstrips To Create Interactive Comic Math Problems | Roflections Recently, I have been working with staff on integrating Bitstrips For Schools into their classrooms. Most of the ideas that were discussed involved using Bitstrips for literacy, social studies, history, health, and even science. However, math never really entered the discussion. So I searched the shared math activities that were posted by other teachers on the Bitstrips For Schools website and only found a total of eight activities. All of these activities consisted of instructions for students to create their own comics. Here is an example of a shared activity that was posted: Grades: 6-8, Subjects: Mathematics Create a 3 panel strip to explain how to calculate the area of a triangle and/or parallelogram. This particular application of Bitstrips is more of an assignment which focuses on students creating a product based on a set task. The following is a primary algebra word problem: Mr. I took this word problem and turned it into the comic below: Like this: Like Loading...
5 Best Apps for Math and Counting | Technology In Early Childhood As a follow up to my post about writing apps (which you can click here to see) I thought I’d share some of the math and counting apps we’ve discovered. Again, it’s been challenging to find the few jewels among the plain old rocks. I really hadn’t realized how many apps were out there, nor how terrible some of them could be! The ones I list below (in no particular order) are the ones that I like because of their educational value, and that kids like for their entertainment value. Each of these apps (except for Count Sort Match) offers a free “lite” version and a full price version. Click on the title or the picture to see the app in the app store. Count Sort Match This app showed up on Free App Friday last week. ) My students don’t find the “Sort” game particularly compelling, but they do like the “Match” game. Hungry Fish This app is particularly popular with the boys. Math is Fun Ages 4-5 I review this app here, and it’s still a favorite among my students. Butterfly Math Park Math
Search Traditional stories from around the world ... writing Read some traditional stories from around the world. Have you got any stories to send us? Your turn - Anonymous - 12 Apr 2014 - 07:51 - 44 comments Wordshake ... Fun games - admin - 17 Oct 2013 - 10:34 - 659 comments The hungry dragon ... short-stories-the-hungry-dragon.swf ... story roarrr (short stories, Pre-A1 (easy), 1-5 years, Numbers, Fantasy animals, Food, Dragons, Listening : identify gist, Reading : ... Short Stories - Anonymous - 16 Oct 2013 - 16:32 - 104 comments School ... water. . huft. . :-) Perhaps there is only from my stories about my School. . . i like my school i am getting i ... subject is maths,I love maths because I go well with numbers. Your turn - MissLuckyMouse - 31 Jan 2014 - 15:19 - 300 comments I couldn't believe my eyes ... Short Stories - Anonymous - 6 Jan 2014 - 16:22 - 111 comments I couldn't believe my eyes ... short-stories-i-couldnt-believe-my-eyes.swf ...
Maths - Section 3 Try Wikispaces Classroom now. Brand new from Wikispaces. guest Join | Help | Sign In ICTmagic Home guest| Join | Help | Sign In Turn off "Getting Started" Loading... The Haunted School 10 Ways to Help ELLs Succeed in Math When it comes to learning math, English language learners (ELLs) have a unique challenge. Unlike most English-speaking students, ELLs have the task of learning a second language and learning content simultaneously. Contrary to popular assumption, language plays a critical role not just in reading and writing, but in learning mathematics as well. 1 Create Vocabulary Banks.Charts that contain key math vocabulary words and phrases are helpful references for ELLs when discussing or writing about their math thinking, especially if the words are accompanied by illustrations. 2 Use manipulatives.Manipulatives are important tools that make math content comprehensible. 3. 4. 5. For example, the following frames support students at various language levels in their discussions about polygons. Beginning LevelThis is not a polygon. Intermediate LevelThis is not a polygon because it has curves, and is open. 6. 7. 8. 9. Teacher TipsInstructor readers share what works best for them.
Math Tutorial Music Videos Middle School students are working hard on their Math Wiki. They are using a variety of tools to create tutorials (Garageband, SmartBoard Notebook, PowerPoint, Animoto). Their latest creation to be embedded into the Wiki were Animoto Music Videos. They created PowerPoint slides, then exported them as jpg files to be imported into Wiki were Animoto Students are learning presentation skills and tools as they are designing the slides to create specific tutorials for math definitions and concepts they are learning in class. “By learning you will teach;by teaching you will understand.” ~ Latin Proverb To teach is to learn twice. Not only are students organizing their own thoughts and teaching each other, but they are also becoming web publishers who are inspiring and teaching math students around the world. As they were working on the slides, we learned many things about presentation design: don’t use too much text on one slide. Here are some of their Animoto examples: Like this: Like Loading...
Using iPads During Math Stations I am continually trying to think of ways to use the iPads in a producing or student creation way, rather than a "lets play a game" kind of way. I am also trying to be as paperless as possible this year, so using the iPads is a win, win situation. I share the 20 iPads with another teacher so in all honesty, I only have 10 during math and I usually use 4 with my guided math groups, which leaves me 6 for math stations. My students are partnered up and do 2 stations a day. I have 10 stations that I change every 2 weeks. I try to link my math stations to what we are currently learning about and a review of things we have already learned. iPad Domino Measuring Math Station Students will be given dominoes, the "I Can Card" and 2 iPads (one for each student) in their Math Station bucket. iPad Problem Solving Station Students will be given the "I Can Card" and 2 iPads (one for each student) in their Math Station bucket. Guided Math Groups With The Teacher
Connecting to Math in Real Life By Wendy Petti Who needs math games when a world of meaningful real-life fun is beckoning? It's easy and rewarding to connect to the real world in math class. Collections of Real-World Math Activities The math activity sites listed here are repositories of lesson ideas that can be explored offline without the use of computers. Math Goodies Their multi-media curriculum includes 168 in-depth lessons organized into instructional units. Practical Uses of Math and Science (PUMAS) This site offers 71 examples of real-life applications of math for upper elementary grades and above, including drawing/interpreting topographical maps, money math, creating math magic problems, measuring the heat of sand and rock; and much more. Mixing in Math This set of free activities helps teachers, parents, and after-school programs mix a bit of math into students' daily routines. National Math Trail Students from around the United States created real-life word problems related to their communities.