This week, The New York Times published an article, "Solving a Leafy Mathematical Mystery". I love this because it helps our adult learners seen that math helps us to make sense of the world. It isn't just based on problems or variables - there is a purpose. I plan to share this with my class; it will give context and we look for other plants that use math in them. The bonus of expanding on this topic? It becomes a science discussion, too.
What are some other ways you bring math to life beyond just problems, numbers, and variables? I am looking for new classroom ideas and would love to hear some of yours.
Help me to be more creative in my classrooms, PLEASE!
The New York Times resources are a recently found gem for me! I use there "What's going on in this graph?" series to spark math discussion in my classroom and teach pre-statistics concepts. My students LOVE it! https://www.nytimes.com/column/whats-going-on-in-this-graph
Last semester I also started integrating a few experiments into my ABE classroom that involved fractions and measurement concepts. I found a LOT of ideas here https://www.teachengineering.org/curriculum/browse?collection=Activities
I liked that at teachengineering.org you could filter the activities with math alignment or specific standards. I did a series of three biomedical themed lessons with experiments and it was such a breath of fresh air to watch my students learn math in a different way and contextualize it.