
"Build it and they will learn"
Pictured below is the math tool ring. I believe that if we can engage math students to create a math tool ring during each unit in math they will not only take more interest
in the topic but they will LEARN more. For instance, in the picture below we see items a student would create during a geometry unit. Items would include
all the tools necessary to 'construct angles, a reference guide for the student to jot items down ( I call these 'exit tools' that the teacher writes on the board at the end of class), also in this journal the
student would write down vocabulary words. One thing that student find difficult is math vocabulary. Reading math texts is virtually impossible for the untrained
student. If we allow students the time, resources, and help to create their own math dictionary I belive understanding would come easier. Also on this ring is
a laminated card of the unit circle with trig identities on the back. Finally the metal card represents what I refer to as the 'all in one geometry tool which is a
work in progress which I will elaborate on more in the days to come.
Imagine encouraging students to build this tool ring during the current math unit and students know that whatever is contained on their math tool ring they could use during all assessments!
Below is pictured a variety of items that I have accumulated from my neighborhood. These are all items that my neighbors have on display in their house. All of these items
were created by either themselves or their kids in school (some of the items pictures are 40 years old). I plan to actively research the idea that students who create their own tools to learn will not only take pride in
the creating of the items but they will become more engaged in the topic they are creating them for! In the days to come I will expand this idea to include the creation
of blogspots and podcasts.
"Build it and they will learn"
I believe that if we can take the time to break math down into tiny parts understanding comes much easier and math can then be fun!
High School Math is feared by some, dreaded by most, and by the time we become seniors hope we NEVER see math again. This website attempts to take
a few of the ideas we see in math over and over and over and break it down to simple ideas, by creating what I call the math tool ring! This math tool ring
is something that you can take with you from class to class and refer to regularly and aid in the understanding of difficult math concepts.
The first tool we begin to develop in this website is 'vocabulary'. One of the most difficult subjects to write about is math, and writing it so that
normal people like us can understand it is even more difficult. Whomever thought of describing math concepts with such words as acute, associative, communicative, distributive,
obtuse, and transitive did not come from the same streets I grew on!
I want to offer important students the ability to put important math concepts on credit card size laminated sheets. Imagine if in class we were able to
have students create their own unit circle on one side and trigonometry concepts on the other. This card would then be laminated and a ring placed in the corner
so that it can be attached to the 'Math Toolring'!
Kids love their ipods. Imagine teachers utilizing this resource instead of constantly telling students to 'PUT THAT AWAY'. Many older iPods and all the newer
models offer all sorts of tools, like messages, notes, and the such. Let kids store valuable information on their iPod and if they do this they can utilize it
during a test.
The cell phone is similar in that lets utilize it instead of fighting it. If Kids are willing to put valuable information into their phone they will
be motivated in a positive way. Teachers can become the students allie instead of enemy.
In todays world we need to 'go with the flow' and join our kids and their technology. Make the concepts WE want them to have accessible with the
technology they like! Lets podcast all classes so that when the kids miss class they are just a click away from being there!
Powerpoint
build a tool ring and they will learn (powerpoint)
Here is a great site to play games visually!
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Here is a great site to play games visually!
Chronological Calculator timeline (click on the link below):
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