Today was the first day of “Math Is Everywhere” Week. We want students to realize the value in math, and we want them to engage in meaningful discussions about math as well. Today, students were asked to bring in a “book that has to do with any topic in math.”
When I saw the focus for today, I thought that students would bring in books like, Mouse Shapes, where math is embedded as part of the story. With this in mind, I was completely surprised by what I saw. Almost all of the students brought in math workbooks. I hadn’t considered this possibility at all.
This new focus on problem solving though has taught me to “expect the unexpected.” There is not one right answer. Meet students where they’re at and move them forwards. So for our Sharing Time today, students shared the books that they brought in and how these books relate to math:
Then I thought of my overall goal. I want students to see that math does not need to be taught in isolation. I want them to see that they can look and find math in everything that they do. Here’s my plan then: tomorrow, I’m going to have them pick storybooks and look for “math” in these books. What will they see? Will they be able to apply what we’ve learned in class to what they see in these storybooks? Can they create their own math problems and share their own math stories? I’m interested to see what happens!
What would you do given this same situation? I’d love to hear your ideas as well!