How to Bring the World into Math Class

A guest post by Lori Breyfogle

K-6 Elementary Math Specialist in Missouri

Imagine Learning now publishes monthly guest posts in order to stimulate conversations about K12 education across the country. Opinions expressed herein are those of the individual author and may not necessarily reflect the official opinion of Imagine Learning.

 

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When you were a student in math class, how many times did you ask yourself, “When will I ever use this?” And how often do you ask the same question about the math you are teaching now? Read more »

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Bring on the Smiles at “Shoes for School”

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Kids tour helicopter at Franklin Elementary (Provo, UT)

It’s a common scenario each year: teachers use money from their own wallets to purchase school supplies for their classroom.

Of course, even when school budgets cover the purchase of school supplies, too many families still can’t afford to buy new school clothing, shoes, backpacks, and school supplies for their children.

Enter the annual “Shoes for School” campaign.

What Is “Shoes for School”?

Each year in America, too many underprivileged kids will return to school without even the most basic of school supplies. Read more »

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Evaluating Educational Games–Just Do It

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Do you know how most people evaluate educational games?

Quite simply–they don’t.

For example, consider Dragon Box, an affordable, highly engaging, and extremely educational math video game on algebra. If Dragon Box were a car, it would probably be named Car of the Year.

So what percentage of algebra teachers or parents do you think will be adding it to their toolbox this year? At a rough guess: probably less than one percent.

ST Math, Dreambox, and Big Brainz are three other great programs that can make a significant impact on children’s education. Yet how many math teachers or principals have even heard of these programs? And how many have taken steps to evaluate them to see if they’re truly helpful? Read more »

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Imagine Learning Gives Back–in a Flash

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If you had to raise over $20,000 in just two and a half hours, could you do it?

During a recent flash fundraiser held on July 11, 2016, Imagine Learning employees did just that, benefitting four noteworthy charities in the process.

The four beneficiaries chosen by Imagine Learning employees were:  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), Habitat for Humanity – Utah County, and the Imagine Kids Foundation.

All four organizations were chosen for their ability to help children and families throughout the world. Read more »

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A Guide to Math Picture Books in the Classroom

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  1. Students who understand and enjoy math.
  2. Students who are frustrated by math because they don’t understand it.

It’s your job to help those in the second group find their way into the first group. Luckily, picture books about math can really help.

The ‘Why’ of Math Picture Books

It’s human nature to enjoy stories. By relating to a character who feels the way they do, students can gain the confidence to move through their own challenges–both in and outside the classroom.

Even more importantly, there’s a tangible link between reading and math. It stands to reason that doing one can help the other.

When teachers use picture books containing math themes (either implicit or explicit), they offer students a contextualized experience with mathematics generally.

Plus, a good story can comfort the heart of any student who’s afraid of math. Read more »

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