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Contextualised math

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From: Tim G. (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Jun 05, 2001 at 11:50:52
Subject: Re: contextualised math

Hi Julie, In my experience the most important benefit of teaching math in context is that students learn better. By placing the math in context they see a value in learning the math. For instance, to teach my fifth graders how to bisect line segments simply to bisect line segments would not only be very diffucult, but also would not be something that they would remember very well. However, if I teach that same concept within the context of building a gingerbread house, with the bisecting of the line segment being needed to make sure that the roof is on correctly, the students not only learn the information, but also retain the information for a longer period of time. Another bennifit of teaching math in context is that it allows you to intergrate more than one subject area. As we all know, the day keeps getting shorter and the demands keep getting more intense and one way of getting everything done is by intergrating subject areas. I hope this helps. I have found that teaching math in context (and other subjects as well) is the best way of preparing my students. -Tim G., for the T2T service

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