Friday, May 3, 2013

Calming the Chaos...

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Well, most of us are on our last month of school (jumping for joy)! It can be quite difficult to keep students engaged when testing is over and the weather is nice and sunny. Nobody wants to be locked in a classroom all day when it's so beautiful outside. Our EOI testing is now over for Algebra I and I have 3 weeks left until the last day of school.

One way that I calm the chaos in my classroom is I have my students work on a poster project for a 3 day period. My students have to find 5 newspaper articles that must contain math. They have to highlight the math that's included in the articles and then they are required to write a summary for each one. The summary has to include how math is being used in the article. If there are graphs that go with the article(s), I ask students to include it on their poster. Students are required to create their own title and it cannot be handwritten on the poster. Also, they cannot have a white poster board. I think white is boring and so I told them that I want lots of color! On the 4th day the students get up in front of the class and show off their project along with a 2-3 minute overview of their articles. I really like this because students become aware of how often math is written about in the news.

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  1. Do all of your students turn this in? I've seen people do this in primary grades, but haven't thought of doing it with uppers. It's a neat idea!

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  2. I have all students turn in a poster. This way they all have to do the work and it doesn't end up being completed by one person.

  3. Hi Mrs. Math! Numbers rule my world too - I love that name! I just found your blog through the hop, I'm your newest follower :)

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  4. Thanks for following...hope you enjoy.

  5. I love, love, love the Algebra calendar idea! That is SUCH a great idea. I can't wait to use it. :) Your newest follower: The Learning Lab