When teaching math, I believe in connecting learned concepts to real-world problems to make math class authentic and meaningful. Students must first have a strong understanding of the basic concepts before applying their knowledge to more complex problems. I achieve this by first identifying gaps in knowledge and then teaching to fill those gaps with conceptual understanding and accurate terminology. We practice using a variety of styles and tools so that students get an opportunity to learn in a way that suits them. We’ve used worksheets, mental math apps, websites like math IXL, and math “centers”. While typically used at the elementary level, we found that by utilizing the “centers” style of learning, students could get targeted practice at specific skills so they could easily identify which areas they needed further support in. All of this practice had the purpose of developing a “toolbox” of skills to help students solve more complex problems later on. Once equipped with the knowledge and understanding of each math topic, students then applied their understanding to real-life challenge. Linked below is a variety of different assessments used for math.
Stock Trading Assignment – An assignment where students learned about the stock market, researched stocks and bought their own using fake money. The purpose was to practice multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction of fractions and decimals while participating in a real-world challenge.
Statistics and Data Analysis Project – A project where students obtain a set of data by either designing their own survey or by finding a data set online.
Fencing a Field Problem – A project where students use google earth to apply their understanding of linear equations to design and find the cost to fence a field.
Circles and Area Final Project – A project where students build a 3-D model of a house and then calculate the area of the shapes contained in that structure -parallelograms/ triangles/circles
Prisms Final Project – A project where students create a 3-D model of any structure using the TinkerCAD website and then calculate the combined area and volume of their shape.
Rate Ratio and Percent Project – A project where students choose to either “fill up their first apartment” or “plan a vacation” which includes calculating prices, taxes, percentages of cost breakdown etc.