Marvelous #Math Monday 04-08-13

Focus Area #1: Engagement
Why is “x” the Unknown?: Want a short (4 minute) activating video for algebra? Here’s a TedTalk to answer that very question!

Guerrilla Math Circles: Want an idea for how your math students could connect with the community? Read up on “guerrilla math circles!” Students take low/no cost activities to bus stops, parks, daycare centres…. Gives your students a chance to model math teaching!

Focus Area #2: Critical Thinking
High School Polygons: Want to give your precalc students a challenge with polygons? Check out Dan Meyer’s n-gon blog post which shows the progression for discovering what a “regular 3.5-gon” looks like!

Sudoku “to the next level”: This link actually highlights an old Foxtrot cartoon where a very unique Sudoku is presented. Why not use it to challenge your students to create their own unique Sudoku? Works for any grade level!

Focus Area #3: Connections
Project Based Learning Collection: The Buck Institute for Education (US) has a website with a collection of very detailed projects (some math-specific, some cross-curricular). There are unit plans, activities, and well laid out guides for various projects that encourage students to become involved in inquiry learning. Though the detailed plans link their projects to US-based outcomes, the site still has a valuable collection of projects that can be adjusted to “fit” Manitoba curriculum. Check out the “51 foot Ladder” (trigonometry),“Architectural Planning with Pythagoras”, and “Big Foot Conspiracy” projects for grades 7-10 level concepts!

GeoGebra Animations: Been waiting for a high-school specific link that focuses on calculus? Well, this link will give you ideas on how to use GeoGebra for animations in calculus class.

Focus Area #4: Professional Learning
Project Based Learning and the Design Process: There’s a great article online about a design project some Portland-area students participated in. Though it was advertised as a “design your own shoe” workshop (four days of activities), the process involved “problem solving with design thinking”. This is a great article to read that clearly lays out the process of the four-day venture for students, reasons why teachers should explore project based learning, and where the math connections are.

Focus Area #5: Current Research
“Studies reveal that student-centered classrooms have higher-achieving students, higher standardized test scores, fewer classroom-management problems, more on-task behavior, and fewer dropouts.” (How the Brain Learns Mathematics, David A. Sousa, Corwin Press 2008, p.144)

David A. Sousa is a researcher and educational consultant, with a background in K-12 teaching and a doctorate degree from Rutgers University. His research focuses on the brain and cognition, and he is a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. This book offers a great summary of the latest neuroscience, cognitive mechanisms for learning mathematics, how environment and developmental factors contribute to mathematical difficulties, and key ways to differentiate mathematics instruction to support struggling learners.

Focus Area #6: Ressources en Francais
Petits Contes Mathematiques: Ici est une série qui parle des mathématiques et des hommes en racontant des histoires!

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