From: Rick Nelson
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Subject: Ancient math curriculum
Every year prior to Holiday vacation with my 9th grade math students I assign each of them a person from history who had an impact on mathematics or used mathematics to improve the society of which they were a part.(i.e Emmy Noether, Galieo, Archimedes, Einstein, etc). The kids whine about doing a written report in math class, but afterwards, truly enjoy learning about someone in history that isn't necessarily related to a History or Social Studies curriculum. I have the students make a oral presentation of their research and if they like, present a physical example of what this mathematician discovered/invented (i.e. Archimedes screw, Fibonacci sequence) It becomes a very positive learning experience for all.
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