Coding is a hot topic right now. More and more students are learning how to code. In his Ted Talk, Conrad Wolfram reiterates the importance of maintaining student engagement through teaching mathematics using code.
Project Based Learning benefits all students, regardless of ability. Some teachers are reluctant to try project based learning for fear of classroom chaos. Fear not! This resource provides several classroom management techniques that are easily applicable. As teachers we know that students are much more likely to stay on task when they are engaged in their learning. Project Based Learning will allow you to meet the needs of all of your students regardless of their ability.
Fractions is a concept that many students struggle with, and as teachers it can sometimes be difficult to think of a fresh new way to explain it. Dan Meyer's Three Act Math lesson using fractions to find unknown values will have your students eager to learn fractions. Each lesson is divided into three acts using video clips, Act 1: Introduce the Problem, Act 2: Give More Information and Act 3: The Answer. Every lesson is aligned to Common Core Standards. A wealth of real world math lessons.
How many times have you heard a student ask "why do we have to learn this anyway?" You've lost count, right? Students want and need to be engaged in real world problems. In this lesson, students are trying to determine how long it will take to burn off a meal from McDonald's. With videos, pop culture icons and a series of hands on activities, your students will be engaged and talking about their learning. All of the lesson plans are aligned to Common Core Standards.
Wanting to try Project Based Learning in your Math class but unsure where to start? Overwhelmed with advice and resources? Have a look at this resource which discusses the five keys to rigorous project based learning in the math classroom. It will allow you to begin to develop a project based learning program in your classroom and evaluate resources you have collected to see if they are appropriate to meet your needs. Dive into project based math fun!
Transformations can be a challenging concept for students to master. With the Rock Art (Transformation) Gizmo I found my students were able to better visualize the concept Gizmos is hands down one of my favorite educational technology tools to use during math instruction. Aligned to the Common Core Math standards, Gizmos provide students with the opportunity to participate in inquiry while working through simulations. Teacher and student materials are included with each gizmo.