“Why should I care about math?”

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Course: Developmental Math I/II

Introduction: My goal with this threaded assignment is to give encouragement to developmental math students as they begin the term. I have moved up the ranks from SL Leader, to Lab Instructor to Teacher and find the most common theme students share is in reference to “how bad they are at math” or how they hate or can’t do math. I find that after building their confidence a bit, and showing how they use and can apply math in their lives they are shocked to realize they are capable of doing the material. From there I can build on that base of self confidence and I can then give the first week’s assignment which uses new-found knowledge of application along with ensuring the are able to log in to do their homework assignment by the end of the week.

Title Questions: “DO YOU LIKE MATHEMATICS? WHY DO WE TAKE MATH? MY MAJOR IS NOT MATH WHY DO WE CARE ABOUT IT?”

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WHAT IS MATH?

WHAT TOOL: YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aB_KstBiou4

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WHY: This will show the aspects in nature that deal with numbers, patters and relationships.

Duration: Video: 3:43 + Intro = 5min

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HOW TO DO IT??

WHAT TOOL: Dry Erase Marker /Board – (Speed of a Car Example)

WHY: Show knowledge about driving to determine how Cruise Control in vehicles uses a math equations to drive at a constant speed.

Duration: 4min

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HOW IT IS USED (MULTIPLE ApplicationS)

WHAT TOOL: JING (On multiple careers that use mathematics website – (http://screencast.com/t/BJ79Ie5TUv)

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WHY: because it shows the multiple applications that are used with DIFFERENT types of math. Hopefully this will get students thinking about how it applies to them. (http://commons.bcit.ca/math/examples/ ) Duration: Video 2:24 + Further topic = 5min

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HOW IT IS USED (IMAGE ApplicationS)

WHAT TOOL: INFOGRAPHICS aka IG

WHY: Because visual graphs are basic outlines that easily highlight the main idea.

  • Silly IG – “33 Graphs that Reveal Painfully True Facts about Everyday Life” – (http://www.demilked.com/truth-facts-funny-graphs-wumo/ )
  • IG on IG (http://i.imgur.com/DNxvj.png )

Duration: 3 – 5 min

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CAN YOU USE CRITICAL THINKING?

WHAT TOOL: BRICK & MOARTAR – (Paper and Scissors)

WHY: See if students can use critical thinking to solve the question. “Using ONLY a single sheet of paper and a pair of scissors determine a solution to a human being walking through a sheet of paper.” Yes, it is possible. “Math has numbers, variables, equations and graphs, but it begins with a question. Can you use critical thinking to solve/answer a question? For all math problems you must know the rules first in order to come up with an answer. Let’s try this…. Using a sheet of paper an scissors…”

Duration: Discuss 2min + Attempt 5 min + Recap 3 min = 10min

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THE ASSIGNMENT – CREATE A JING…”WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU CAN DO WITH MATH?”

WHAT TOOL: JING

WHY: THE END GOAL:

  • Encourage students because we use math and critical thinking every day.
  • Creativity , let them explore how math can be applied to life – even if it is wrong or right
  • Give them an assignment to use jing and show 3 real world examples:
  • o A) Doing a math problem from IMATHAS (This shows they are able to log-in and understand how to use it a tad);
  • o B) Showing/Discuss how that type of problem might be applied in real life (MATH  APP);
  • o C) Showing/Discussing how their current job or major might require math (APP  MATH). “You do not have to love math, but understand that it teaches us critical thinking and reasoning and once we know the rules and how they are applied we can determine how to model situations and solve problems.”

Duration: 10 min

Total Approx Time: 40 min

 

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