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Making Math Fun and Relevant using Mathematical Modeling

Mathematical models help students solve problems encountered in life and the workplace. Mathematics education research has shown that students who work on such real-world problems show less anxiety toward mathematics and are more likely to see math as relevant and useful. Start making math fun and relevant with your middle and high school students with these resources.
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Making Math Fun and Relevant using Mathematical Modeling
  • Allison Powell says:
    NCTM's Focus magazine dedicated an entire issue to the concept of Mathematical Modeling. Read articles, discover new strategies, and find activities in this journal to support the concept of mathematical modeling.
  • Allison Powell says:
    Plus Magazine strives to help people understand the practical applications of math. They have created a package of resources for teachers around the topic of Mathematical Modelling. Practical activities to help students get started with and explore modeling in addition to pushing students and teachers thinking beyond classroom projects and giving them options to try different projects on their own with the internet magazine's partner organizations.
  • Allison Powell says:
    Study.com has created several videos and quizzes arranged in online courses. This specific video describes the process of breaking down complex math problems and developing a model to help solve them using graphics and real world examples.
  • Allison Powell says:
    Indiana Mathematics Initative has helped teachers create hundreds of lesson plans, activities, and supporting resources and materials for teachers wanting to teach using mathematical models. There are so many great lessons and resources around a variety of topics that you can use in your classroom today!
  • Allison Powell says:
    Three math teachers reflect on lessons they created using mathematical modeling. Students looked at a situation in a mathematical way and had to model it to solve the problem. The teachers used the same situation in three different classes and had a variety of results. The Teaching Channel also has several other videos on modeling.
  • Allison Powell says:
    This short article from the American Scientist will help change your mindset about how you teach math. It shares why mathematical modeling is important to making math relevant for students.
  • Allison Powell says:
    This step-by-step wiki guides a student or teacher through the process of making a mathematical model. It provides graphics and guiding questions to build a model to help solve your specific problem.
  • Allison Powell says:
    Need help understanding how to create a mathematical model? This webpage will take you step-by-step through an example of a mathematical model that can be used in your classroom today. The images and description model the concept clearly.
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    Mathematical Modeling in the School Curriculum

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    Allison Powell says:
    Professor Zalman Usiskin from the University of Chicago's Teacher College explains the concept of mathematical modeling. She uses personal stories from her life experiences in addition to providing examples from classroom teachers around the country in this article.