A new perspective on math
By Morgan on April 19th, 2011
I’m a writer with an English degree, but I was always intrigued by the various math classes I’ve taken. From geometry to calculus to statistics, there’s something so certain, so black-and-white, about math and math concepts that I still find to be highly appealing. And I know I’m not alone, which is why I can sometimes be found trawling through the Math Hub.
The Math Hub is a fantastic resource for teachers, parents, and students, whether you have a passion for math or not. In fact, what I like best about math and the Math Hub is the way it showcases how the roots of math can be found in almost every other subject.
For example, for the artists out there, there’s this post about perspective — which I initially learned by drawing city streets and skyscrapers over and over again in art classes — which is one of those amazing “hidden math” concepts. With videos and worksheets, it’s a really great way to show how math influences art techniques.
There are teacher resources too, of course; information about how teacher collaboration can improve instruction, and tips for helping kids want to be good at math. Have any sports fans in your classroom? There’s even a post about the math behind Major League Baseball.
I’m curious to hear from all you math teachers out there. What kinds of attitudes do you encounter in your classrooms? Are kids getting more engaged in math and math concepts? And how does math literacy correlate to success?