Ideas for teaching high school and middle school math. Innovative approaches that address the changing ways that today's student learns material.
 
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I typically hear less complaints (and a have higher homework completion rate) about an objective if one of two things happens:

1) The objective is easily understood by students
2) The students see the real-life application of the objective





One way I show students the real-life application of an objective is through articles. I try to keep these articles to a front and back side of a paper and somewhat relevant and current. I also try to collect articles that I naturally read but I do resort to Google as well. As a math teacher, I do not feel 100% comfortable leading a whole class discussion comparable to what my students are exposed to in Literature but I can ask them what they think about the article and for the themes in the article.  

Some of my favorites from this year:
1) Parabolas in Basketball (I found this DURING March Madness and my parabola unit--it was fate!)
2) Zero being Even and Superstorm Sandy (A colleague sent this out)
3) Ben Franklin and Compound Interest (My students STILL talk about this--4 months later)

It is amazing what you can find and tie into objectives. This is just the tip of the iceberg and I will continue to add articles that I use in my class. 


What do you use in your classroom? 

 


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04/08/2013 21:26

Can't wait to read these! Thanks for sharing.

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Natalie Turbiville
07/28/2013 17:57

Glad you enjoyed this Amy!

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05/31/2013 13:10

I love your website! I am a senior in college and going to be student teaching next year. I have been trying to find websites like yours to learn from and share my ideas with. I am trying to start my blog (truthteachingtheta.blogspot.com) and would love to get some feedback and tips from you. I look forward to reading more posts on here. :)

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Natalie Turbiville
07/28/2013 17:59

I will check out your website Lauren. Glad that you came over to glimpse at my world. I am excited to keep tabs on your student teaching. Good luck, you choose a fabulous career!

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Ideas for teaching high school and middle school math. Innovative approaches that address the changing ways that today's student learns material.