Applying Math Skills to a Real-World Problem

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I have heard a lot about

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I have heard a lot about project based learning. The main comment I hear is start small and then grow. Some schools do not do projects at all, so having a small project the first semester can be used as a stepping stone into a bigger project the next semester. I have never done a project that took as long as Ms. Reeder's, but I do add things to each project every year. Also, if the project is relevant, the students will be excited about it and talk about it to other students. I have many students ask if we are doing the proof project or the solid project during the first week of school because they remember a family member or friend working on it and it "looked like fun." Excitement leads to participation - participation leads to learning and understanding.

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I am intrigued, but would have no idea where to begin ... suggestions?

Vincent Jackson (not verified)

As an educator myself, I can

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As an educator myself, I can see the appeal in project based learning. After watching the video above, it is apparent that the children above are much more engaged and intrigued with the concept of math when applied to real-world problems - this helps prevent the disconnect that occurs when students quickly think that you do not need to learn beyond basic arithmetic to survive in everyday live. Innovative problem solving in the teaching world is what we need in order to maintain the best high schools.

FredPatrick (not verified)

math.life-skills

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...you will remember this project your whole lives and it will make a difference...

tall order to fill, but worth the effort. Bravo, teachers.we've learned.they now know.let'm grow.

Carlos Morales Socorro (not verified)

From Canary Islands

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I forgot to say that I'm the "Spanish member of Edutopia!" ...

There's only one ;O)
Carlos

Carlos Morales Socorro (not verified)

Thanks and an idea from Canary Islands

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Thanks friends, this is a good idea... This one is mine:
http://www.smpm.es/Actividades/concursoexperiencias/documentos/i-200-cle...

It's written in spanish but I hope you enjoy it!!!

And one video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL9nr8Y4lIM

Regards and good work!
Carlos

Former Director of Outreach at Edutopia

Project-based Geometry class

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Staff comment:

Sheila,

You will find links to resources and more indepth information about teacher Eeva Reeder's course in the article Geometry in the Real World: Students as Architects. While Ms. Reeder did not provide us with her lesson plans, you will learn more about her project process in this article.

Additional information about project planning and examples of projects may be found at The Online Resource for Project-Based Learning.

Sincerely,

Diane Demee-Benoit
Consulting Online Editor, Edutopia.org

Sheila (not verified)

Geometry Projects

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This idea for a project is great. I teach high school and would live to do something like this in my math class. Is there any way I could get some more information?

Anonymous (not verified)

Applying Math Skills to a Real-World Problem

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Wow This is a great model. What a great way to get students to express a personal side and make the project personal.

Caren Callahan (not verified)

Applying math skills to a real-world project

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I think this is a great project. Students do not know how to apply concepts in other ways than how they learned them. It is not enough just to explain to them they need to be able to use the things they learn in other areas. This project takes things further than a worksheet could ever do. It takes concepts into the real world, and that is so important for kids to see that what they are learning is relevant to them and thier future.

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