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Making Math Relevant

How I Made Math Relevant

 I am not a licensed in mathematics.  However, in whatever subject area I taught I used math.  I wanted my students to see how math was used in their lives and how relevant it was.

 When I taught World History I quickly realized my students had no idea of geography.  I decided to write a history of their community that was also a socio-economic study of the area.  I used the census tracts of that area.  I did a lot of work personalizing the census for my students.

 In 1977 I wrote a curriculum entitled “Survival Skills for Students” that included the following pages: My Income vs. My Expenses, Five Ways To Earn a Quick $5, Summer Job Hunt, Numbers-Statistics, What Are Your Chances of Making It to the Pros?, Do You Understand the Sales Tax?

How Do You See The World of Work? Candy Store, Shopping for a TV, Check Out Skills, Inside the Supermarket,  Food from the Farm to Your Home, Check Out Your Local Bank, Loan Officer and Apartment for Rent. 

 I incorporated math when teaching my students about:




I also had my students do a day's diary of how they interacted with math from the time they got up until they went to sleep.

I had my students help me list on the chalkboard all the monthly expenses that a family had.  The students could not believe at the end of the exercise how many expenses a family had.  Then we would take an average of each one and see approximately what everything costs in a month.

My students had no conception of population figures so I used the capacity of Madison Square Garden (basketball 19,763, hockey 18,200 ,  Shea Stadium (55,777 I am dating myself) and Yankee Stadium (56,866)as starting points .


Math in Daily Life

Real World Math

We Use Math

Get The Math

Why Do Math?

How we use fractions everyday and don't even realize it

Hands-on Mathematics + Multicultural Education = Student Success

Multicultural Math Activities

Figure This! Math Challenges for Families - Challenge Index

Yummy Math

What Can We Learn From Countries That Effectively Teach Math?

Reducing Math Anxiety: What Can Teachers Do? - Curriculum Matters - Education Week

Mathematics and Motivation

Mathematical Habits of Mind

Quilt Geometry

My wife, a quilter, uses the geometry she learned in school to create quilt designs.

I strongly feel that we should be letting our students know about the possible careers in each subject area.  This should be done in every class and on every grade level.

My Careers in Math page