published by David Wees on Sat, 09/21/2013 - 15:33
Here are some ways you can use technology in your math class which are more interesting and innovative than using an interactive white board or having students watch instructional videos. Note that these ideas are all examples of potential student uses of technology.
published by David Wees on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 21:09
One of my jobs at my current school is work on mathematics enrichment projects with three 4th grade students. For the past couple of weeks, in between their camps, my camp, and other end of year events, we have been working on looking into a mathematics modelling task, specifically, a fork catapult. The 4th grade boys and I completed this project over a series of 3 lessons with me, and 2 more lessons working on it independently between our sessions.
published by David Wees on Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:56
The purpose of this post is to show an example of using math in the context of programming. I've written the post as I created the project, to try and outline my thinking during this process as much as I can. This is an example of me applying math that I know to a different context, creating a spiral of numbers. In a future post I plan on exploring what learning new mathematics through programming could look like.
published by David Wees on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 11:25
I'm always on the look-out for ways of finding connections between mathematics and other areas of knowledge. Music is one of the areas of knowledge that I know has some similarities with mathematics, and so I've been brainstorming ways one could incorporate music into a mathematics classroom. Here are a few examples.
published by David Wees on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 14:36
I'm currently working on math enrichment activities with some 3rd and 4th grade students. Aside from using some standard resources for enrichment, I'm finding that I can find challenging problems from different areas of mathematics and find ways to introduce the main concept to students in a context they understand.
published by David Wees on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 15:46
I've been playing with paper folding recently, and exploring the mathematics involved. I'm simply amazed by the number of mathematical ideas that can be represented by paper folding, so I thought I would share a few of my discoveries here.