If you look hard enough, you’ll see math emerge from some of the most unlikely places. The fact is, we all use math in everyday applications whether we’re aware of it or not.
Mathematics is the universal language of our environment, helping mankind explain and create within it for thousands of years. From playing games to playing music, math is vital to helping students fine tune their creativity and turn their dreams into reality.
When am I ever going to use this?
Variations of this question have echoed through the halls of math classrooms everywhere. Struggling students often become frustrated with complex math problems and quickly give in to the notion that they will never use math in “real life” situations.
While it may be true that some of the more abstract mathematical concepts rarely come into play, the underlying skills developed in high school math classrooms resonate throughout a student’s lifetime and often resurface to help solve various real-world or work-related problems–sometimes years down the line. Read more »
If you have a struggling reader in your classroom, you already know how that student feels about reading anything out loud.
And yet, reading out loud is one of the best ways to improve students’ oral fluency.
For instance, within Imagine Language & Literacy, struggling readers gain confidence as they read and repeat text from leveled books and regularly participate in activities like Fluent Reader. What’s more, when teachers listen back to the recordings, they can easily track student progress toward oral fluency.
But Readers Theater can be another way to engage struggling readers and help them read aloud–with expression.
Why a Readers Theater?
If all the world’s a stage, then every classroom can be transformed into a theater–in this case, a Readers Theater, which: Read more »
Every year, Imagine Learning holds a limerick contest for budding new poets–and every year, the contest is harder to judge!
Our 2017 Limerick Contest was no exception; we read so many wonderful and creative limericks that it was hard to choose a winner.
In the end, our judges voted for entries that best captured the distinctive rhyme and rhythm of a limerick, along with those that were especially creative in following this year’s theme: “My Favorite Subject.”
Congratulations, students–your limericks were amazing.
The Winning Limericks
Top prizes this year went to students of Carolyn S–by far the most entries received. Great job, students! Read more »
Our Imagine Math students are always game for sharing their learning successes with us. So, when we asked schools across the country to share their 2017 Pi Day celebrations with us, we weren’t disappointed!
Here are the winning Imagine Math classrooms and the creative ways they celebrated the biggest math day of the year.
Thompson Elementary – Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (TX)
In Ms. Crump’s first block (homeroom) and second block classes, students created Pi Day posters that showcased the creative side of pi. Thanks for the inspiration!
Henderson Middle School – Vance County Public Schools (NC)
At Henderson, Mr. Banaag’s students made Pi Day into a week-long celebration, including Read more »
You don’t have to be a math geek to love Pi Day (March 14)–but it helps!
Like many others throughout the world, the Imagine Learning family celebrates Pi Day with pie, from blueberry to lemon chiffon–the more flavors, the better. But eating a slice of pie is only one time-honored tradition on Pi Day.
Fun ‘Pi Day’ Facts
How much do you really know about Pi Day? Test your knowledge with a few fun facts: Read more »