Featured Courses: Discovering Math Across Generations
It has often been said that the best way to learn something is to teach it. This course makes use of this idea to help you learn math by becoming the teacher. You’ll use hands-on activities including; active game playing, practical problem solving, and math experiments to extend your own mathematical knowledge as you share mathematical concepts with a child. Based on the popular books, Family Math and Family Math II, you’ll learn how to introduce topics in algebra, geometry, number sense, estimation, logical thinking, probability and statistics to children. Because the course is designed specifically for interaction with children between the ages of 6 and 12, access to a child of this age is highly recommended.
As part of the learning you will build a library of mathematical knowledge by finding and evaluating websites that share and disseminate mathematical knowledge. As you start looking for math resources on the Internet you’ll quickly learn that there are many sources. The question is, which ones are useful? The answer is that it depends on the use. You’ll learn how to evaluate resources in terms of the intended audience (the level) and the quality of the presentation. In a culminating exercise you and your classmates will create your own math lessons that you will exchange and teach. These lessons are presented in a virtual math fair activity that you and your math exploration partner (the child) complete together.
Featured Course Activity: Virtual Math Fair
For this activity students work with their math exploration partner (MEP) to participate in a virtual math fair.
Each student in the course prepares a math lesson with variations to allow the lesson to be used with math exploration partners of different ages. The student works with their MEP to test and validate the lesson and the students then share their lessons with the class. Each student selects two lessons developed by the other students and works through these lessons with their MEP.
The course provides links to numerous online math fair resources to help guide this activity and to allow both the student and the MEP to continue to develop their appreciation and understanding of mathematics.
One exceptional resource comes from the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives. This web site provides access to a variety of hands-on hands math activities that are extremely well done. (note: these mini applications sometimes load slowly).