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Math in Art In our teaching programs, we all learned about the different sides of the brain and different learning types. But with the recession, many schools lost the programs that helped reach all learning types – especially art. Art is more than just creating beautiful pieces, many of the great master painters used math concepts to make their pieces even more appealing. Art helps other subjects come alive! So how can we integrate math into art for our students? How to make an orderly tangle of triangles – great for a geometry class! Teach bar graphing skills (and even pi!) Paint with compasses! Teach symmetry with this self-portrait activity. Tessellations have always been popular STEAM activities – here’s one for fish, there’s plenty more online for all grade levels! This activity can help students struggling with the Pythagorean Theorem grasp the concept while making this piece of art! These geometric stars can also be used for tracking New Year’s Resolutions! 4mulaFunMath In ArtFollow On

6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? Saying to students, “Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wednesday.” Yikes—no safety net, no parachute, no scaffolding—they’re just left blowing in the wind. Let’s start by agreeing that scaffolding a lesson and differentiating instruction are two different things. Simply put, scaffolding is what you do first with kids—for those students who are still struggling, you may need to differentiate by modifying an assignment and/or making accommodations (for example, by choosing more accessible text and/or assigning an alternative project). Scaffolding and differentiation do have something in common, though. So let’s get to some scaffolding strategies you may or may not have tried yet. 1. How many of us say that we learn best by seeing something rather than hearing about it? 2. 3. All learners need time to process new ideas and information. 4. 5. 6. Trying Something New

Teaching Math on an iPad In my High school, one of the last departments to realise a use for iPads was the Math department. Note: As a UK born New Zealander, writing Math and not Maths is difficult but as most my readers are american, I’ll persist! Also…. I’m not a Math teacher, so sorry if I upset anyone. Their thinking was that Math had to be hand written and there was no digital functionality beyond a calculator that suited the learning of Mathematical problem solving. Certainly things like movie making, animation and group work did little in the genuine learning of Math reasoning. The first change came with using the app Explain Everything. Now what can a Math teacher do with more time and a little more imagination? After watching Dan’s talk, I realised that Math teaching could be more about students finding their own problems to solve in rather creative ways. For most students, this applied Math approach is far more meaningful and fun and can highlight the subjects significant place in their lives.

Research Sampler 6: Examining How Mathematics is Used in the Workplace by Annie and John Selden Mathematics in Automobile Production Proportional Reasoning by Nurses Modeling the Mathematics of Banking Mathematical Models as Seen by Biologists How do Scientists Interpret Graphs? How much mathematics is used in various occupations? While all such studies have gathered empirical data on the mathematics used in various workplaces, they have also investigated such things as the nature of modeling and abstraction, the role of representations, and various associated learning difficulties. Mathematics in Automobile Production To check claims that today's workers need higher levels of mathematical skills, at least for those automobile industry jobs open to high school graduates, John P. Smith concludes that for such durable goods manufacturing jobs, which admittedly constitute only about 8% to 9% of all U.S. nonfarm wage and salary jobs, "The equivalent of an eighth-grade mathematics education is adequate." Proportional Reasoning by Nurses To Sum Up

Math Practice Standards - Debbie Waggoner Standards for Mathematical Practices Math Practice Standards Posters Secondary full page posters for each of the K-12 math practice standards written in language for secondary grades from the Jordan School district in Utah Math Practice Standards Posters grade 6 full page posters for each of the K-12 math practice standards written in language for grade 6 from the Jordan School district in Utah Math Practice Standards Posters grades 4-5 full page posters for each of the K-12 math practice standards written in language for 4th & 5th grades - from the Jordan School district in Utah Math Practice Standards Posters grades 2-3 full page posters for each of the K-12 math practice standards written in language for 2nd & 3rd grades - from the Jordan School district in Utah Math Practice Standards Posters grades K-1 full page posters for each of the K-12 math practice standards written in language for Kindergarten & 1st grade - from the Jordan School district in Utah Math Practice standards Look fors...

The Digital Divide: Resource Roundup Digital Access and Equity Is Your School #FutureReady? by Suzie Boss (2014) Two recent events have the potential to help schools nationwide get up to speed when it comes to internet access and equity. How Teachers Use Technology: The Latest Research, by Mary Beth Hertz (2013) Hertz considers the implications of a study by Pew Research about how teachers are using technology at home and in their classrooms and what it can tell us about the digital divide. Back to Top Supporting All Digital Learners Why Reading Mattters: An Interview With a School Leader, by Bob Lenz (2014) An instructional development director from a charter schools network in the San Francisco area shares his plan for acquiring 300 donated digital reading devices for students. International Comparisons In India, a School That Empowers Students and Teachers, by Suzie Boss (2013) What happens when students and teachers are immersed in an environment that encourages innovation and risk-taking? Other Resources From Edutopia

Maths Maps If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my weekly newsletter. Thanks for visiting! I am excited to introduce you to my new project idea that I hope will result in some engaging content for our classes. It is collaborative in the same way the Interesting Ways resources are and I will need your help to make it a success. Elevator Pitch Using Google Maps.Maths activities in different places around the world.One location, one maths topic, one map.Activities explained in placemarks in Google Maps.Placemarks geotagged to the maths it refers to. Some background Four years ago I created Google Earth resources for the classroom and posted them to the GE Community Forum. The only issue with Google Earth is that it is restrictive in two ways. Luckily Google Maps has caught up and using the collaborative features I can now invite other teachers and educators to help build on these resources. How can you contribute? View 27 Measures Activities in Madrid in a larger map

Who Hires Math Majors? The Top 10 Employers | Online Math Degrees Math majors develop analytical proficiencies, knowledge of math theory and practical applications, and problem-solving skills that are highly valued by public and private companies in every industry, including finance, computer and data science, and biotechnology. And according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers 2005 salary survey, math majors make an average of almost 40 percent more than English, history, sociology, and psychology majors. For ideas about how to channel your math degree into a fulfilling and lucrative career, check out this list of 10 large and growing U.S.-based companies that employ math majors. State Farm Insurance: An industry-leading insurance and financial services provider for decades, the Illinois-based State Farm Insurance employs more than 60,000 people in 343 claim offices and 30 operations centers, and many of their employees have a background in math, including the bulk of actuaries.

Yummy Math | We provide teachers and students with mathematics relevant to our world today … Strategies for Successful Co-Teaching All Things Considered Other topics to discuss with your co-teacher before the first school bell rings: • When is our common planning time? • Should we set aside other time (early-morning coffee, lunchtime walks) for additional planning? • What are your pet peeves? • How will we introduce ourselves to the students? • How will we arrange the classroom for flexible grouping? • What is our grading policy? • How will we evaluate our own co-teaching practice? Fill in the blank: The marriage between co-teachers is like ______. For the past 20 years, I have worked with schools on their co-teaching initiatives. No matter co-teachers’ respective expertise, some relationships work smoothly, while others are rocky. Choose a Model Early The beginning of the school year, or even prior to the start of school, is the key time to decide which co-teaching models you want to use. The Lead and Support Model works well when a specialist is assigned to co-teach with multiple classroom teachers.

5 Ways To Teach Physics Using Household Items If you’re looking for some innovative ways to teach physics, then look no further than your own home. There are plenty of physics lessons just waiting to be discovered. Thanks to Andrew Vanden Heuvel and Modern Lessons , you can now learn all about these physics phenomena in a free online course ! An important note: these videos were all filmed using Andrew’s Google Glass. The Physics Of The Kitchen Most trips to the kitchen begin with the refrigerator. The Physics Of The Living Room The best part of any living room is a big, fluffy couch to sit on. The Physics Of The Play Room If you’ve ever taken care of young children (or old children for that matter), then you know that it’s in their nature to make a mess. The Physics Of The Bathroom Whether combing your hair or brushing your teeth, it helps to look at what you’re working with. The Physics Of The Basement I live in Michigan. There are a bunch of other physics lessons in the full (free!)

Math FAQ: Why Study Math? Why do we need to learn math? There are actually thousands of different jobs that require some knowledge of mathematics. Here are more than 30 firsthand accounts from Mathematicians at Work telling what some college math majors are doing, from an Air Traffic Control Systems Analyst and a Lawyer to a Data Capture Facility Troubleshooter on the Hubble space telescope. Exactly How Is Math Used In Technology?, from the Mathematics Department of the British Columbia Institute of Technology, provides examples of math uses for biomedical engineering, food technology, building technology, chemical sciences, civil and structural engineering, graphics and computer-aided drawing (CAD), electronics, environmental health, mechanical engineering, mining technology, nuclear medicine, occupational health, petroleum technology, prosthetics, forestry and wildlife, robotics, and surveying. From the Dr. From the Math Forum's Key Issues in Mathematics Why should students take mathematics courses? Dear Dr. Hi - - Shari Sloane - Educational Consultant Math Centers and Games (Click on any image to see a larger version of that image.) 10s Go Fish - This game is played just like "Go Fish." Click here for the 10s Go Fish Cheat Sheet. Shape Fill In - This is the perfect game to differentiate your instruction. Click here for the Shape Fill-in Star. Click here for the Shape Fill-in Heart. Shake and Share - To play this game, you need to make Casino bottles. Click here for the Shake and Share Addition PDF. Click here for the Shake and Share Subtraction PDF. One More - To play this game each, 2 children will share a sheet and a die. Click here for the One More PDF. More or Less? Click here for the More or Less PDF. Count and Color - This is a very simple center. Click here for the Count and Color PDF. Dice in Dice - I can not tell you how popular this center was with my kids. Click here for the Dice Plus PDF. Click here for the Dice Subtract PDF. Make a Train Race - You will need unifix cubes, a precut piece of yarn (about a yard) and a die.