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8 Videos That Prove Math Is Awesome

8 Videos That Prove Math Is Awesome
Believe it or not, math is really an art. While the subject can seem far from it when you’re caught in the doldrums of class, there’s a lot about math that’s just as creative as a Jackson Pollock and elegant as a rendition of Swan Lake. But some of us still run from those dreaded numbers, swearing up and down that it’s too complex, too rigid and just plain not fun. Still unconvinced? Check out these eight videos that explore the beauty of math, both in its simplicity and its complexity. There are practical applications of math theory, quick tricks to save you time and make you look like a genius and even a little history thrown in that shows how math is truly an awesome thing. What’s your favorite math-related video? 1. Think about adding up (or even past) infinity, in a series of numbers that gets bigger every single time. 2. Admit it: You’ve been guilty of doodling in math class. 3. 4. 5. If you look hard enough, you can even find math lurking in holidays. 6. That is, until now. 8.

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5 Ways to Build Math into Your Child's Day By Laura Bilodeau Overdeck Laura Bilodeau Overdeck and her husband have been doing nightly math problems with their kids for years. Laura developed Bedtime Math to share with other families some fun math riddles and other ways to incorporate math into daily routines. Math is everywhere. That’s great news for parents, because we can talk with our kids about math in fun, natural ways.

Math and Inquiry: The Importance of Letting Students Stumble A Science Leadership Academy sophomore puts the finishing touches on a geometry project during her lunch period. For subjects like math and foreign language, which are traditionally taught in a linear and highly structured context, using more open-ended inquiry-based models can be challenging. Teachers of these subjects may find it hard to break out of linear teaching style because the assumption is that students can’t move to more complicated skills before mastering basic ones. But inquiry learning is based on the premise that, with a little bit of structure and guidance, teachers can support students to ask questions that lead them to learn those same important skills — in ways that are meaningful to them.

How to Job Hunt While Still Employed It obviously makes more sense to look for a job while you still have one. After all, you won’t feel the pressure to pick any old job that you’re offered because you have to pay your mortgage, car loan, credit card bills or because the gap between jobs on your resume is growing wider and wider. That said, job hunting while you’re still working can present its own set of prickly problems. Here’s how to safely look for a new job — without risking the one you currently have. Don’t be obvious.

10 Outstanding Android Math Apps 1- Brain Exercise This is a free app that provides a set of smart games to help you improve your Math skills starting from the basics 2- Fallin Math This is another great Math Game that offers different layers of difficulty to players. 50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media Imagine a world where resources were limited to what was found in the classroom or the school closet known as the "Curriculum Materials Room." Picture a world where students wrote letters with pen and paper to communicate with other students and adults outside of the building. Due to postage costs, the teacher either sent the letters in bulk or paid for stamps out of his or her own pocket.

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses You can read a version of this story in Spanish here. Pueden leer una versión de esta historia en español aquí. José Urbina López Primary School sits next to a dump just across the US border in Mexico. The school serves residents of Matamoros, a dusty, sunbaked city of 489,000 that is a flash point in the war on drugs. There are regular shoot-outs, and it’s not uncommon for locals to find bodies scattered in the street in the morning. To get to the school, students walk along a white dirt road that parallels a fetid canal.

Making Math Meaningful Again After writing the post this morning about math and writing, I essentially told myself I would forget about the time constraints, the curriculum map or the tests and just teach it in a way that makes sense. I combined three standards on linear equations, graphing, tables and problem-solving. I pretty-much taught math the way that I did back when I taught a higher-level eighth grade class:

Make math concrete with digital fabrication For too many students, doing mathematics means just plugging numbers into a memorized formula to get an answer. And because they don’t understand the formulas they’re using, they often fail to use the right one. Take a look at Isaac’s work below, for example.