Saturday, March 13, 2010
Math Resources--How to make it relevant...
Kudos to math teachers for handling something like the following in your class! There is always a student who will ask, When Will I ever use this stuff? It brings to mind the 1986 movie, "Peggy Sue Got Married,".....This blog describes the scene: "Kathleen Turner is an unhappily married wife and mother, magically returns to relive her senior year as the most popular girl at Buchanan High. She leaves a math test blank, and when her teacher (described in the screenplay as "an officious little creep") demands an explanation, answers": "Mr. Snelgrove, I happen to know that in the future, I will never have the slightest use for algebra. And I speak from experience."
So, how do you make Math relevant? Here's one way...make it current and hip. For example, did you know Lewis Carrol used Math as an underlying theme in much of his story "Alice in Wonderland"? The movie is out now with Tim Burton's updated version. Check out this story about the math theme in this story and share this with your students...
Here are some other Math Sites I have recently seen on twitter:
From the nerdy teacher: http://thenerdyteacher.blogspot.com/2010/05/great-math-sites.html
Check out this Prezi about Math Games
Geometry and Algebra Wiki:
Math with Google Earth
Math Forum/Math Tools
Mathalicious for Middle School
Algebra APP on I-phone:
Ways to make math relevant:
Problem based Learning in Math...
Celebrate PI day with a rap with your students
Will continue to update... as I find more... :)