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Friday, November 11, 2011
Math About Me
I'm finding myself thinking once again about motivation. It's never really very far from a teacher's mind. "How can I motivate my kids to...?" Several years ago I came across a homework activity called "Math About Me." It seemed like a great idea. I wanted my mathematicians to know that math surrounds them but more importantly that math is all about them and their own lives. Six-year olds tend to want to learn about things that are about them. Don't we all? I'm 40, and it's still true for me 34 years later. I've tweaked the activity a few times over the years from its original state, but I still send it home and ask kids to fill it out and return it to school. What do I do with it? Grade it? Slap a sticker on it and send it back home? Nope. Well, isn't it obvious? We've got ourselves another classroom book to make. Check it out.