## The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated

February 11, 2013 § 2 Comments

“The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.” S. Gudder

So are you trying to say that Maths actually helps people to understand things? Maybe, just maybe. I appreciate David Wees and the way he engages learners for learning. He is preparing a session for some Canadian colleagues and has some great material.

These are some of the links that I’ve found helpful in showing Maths applied in the real world and ideas for students to become collaborative problem solvers.

Maths and social studies – It can be interesting for students to investigate what is happening in the world around them. Whether looking at the real-time number of daily google searches or the amount of money spent on video games there is normally at least one number that catches a student at Worldometers.

Maths and History

Maths and Geography – this is all time

Maths and Music – no one does it better than Donald Duck

Helping students identify problems for investigation requires that teachers ask the right questions. The Right Question Institute offers some great advice on how to help students to develop the ability to ask their own questions.

Collaboration is of key importance when learning Maths. Students need to develop communication and team work skills. I’ve found that Edmodo is an easy way to make this happen in Maths. Take a look at this starter.

Some great ideas here. I think I will add a category to my presentation after seeing these. “Use contexts they know.”

Awesome resources!