This is one of my favorite math music videos on YouTube. I believe it was completed for a class project but I honestly have NEVER seen a student produced video with such AMAZING quality (And I have done YouTube Video projects and they are great but not at this level). I find that videos over 2 minutes lose my student's interest but this one always captivates from beginning to end. Videos can help re-enforce or introduce a topic that has a lasting impact. I showed this to a Pre-Algebra class 2 years when I taught in Memphis and I had a former student contact me in January saying that she remembered the trigonometric ratios because of THIS video and it helped her in her Geometry class.
Share it. Pass it on. This is awesome.
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?
Educator who loves math and working with students.