Wednesday, June 26, 2013

#mathinmyworld

Math is all around us.  If we take the time to notice and wonder, we can see mathematics.  While walking today in German Village I noticed geometry, rectangles to be specific.  After viewing this picture here, I also see a discussion about angles and another about fractions.

There are stories within math.  We can take a picture of things and tell number stories about what we see.  In the simplest form of number sense the story at lunch today was we got 3 soft pretzel sticks.  I wish I had taken a picture of one half eaten because then the story would be more involved with a story about fractions.

I think it's easy to share and show children how important reading and writing are.  I think reading and writing is easier to talk about as adults.  Readers have a common language.  Writers use language to convey ideas.  How do we share math?  How do we show reasons for learning math?  How do we apply math outside the classroom?  Can we be math mentors and models to our students?  If you've read Math Exchanges by Kassia Omohundro Wedekind then the notion of sharing math in our world will not be new to you.

I've decided to start collecting pictures for math in my world to share with my students this upcoming school year.  I've dabbled a bit in using instagram and just decided to make my account public.  One of my plans for instagram is to collect and house my math in my world photos.  I've created the hashtag #mathinmyworld in hopes I can pull those photos up within my collection and I'm hoping others will join in on the fun.  If you don't have an instagram account you can still join in on the fun via twitter with the same hashtag.  I plan on sharing my new pictures there too.

1. Now there's a reason I might play with Instagram. ;o) Do I see an Instagram button on your blog???? What? I almost wish I was on Instagram so I could follow your math stories. MANDY!!! I really don't need anything else to follow. I'm thinking a PhotoStream or folder in photos would work too. You can also make your own pins on Pinterest. LOL

I'm glad you wrote about this. Since we were at NCTE in Chicago you have helped me to think more about math in our world. Your little reminders keep me working to improve my ability to spot math stories.

Cathy

1. Please do not mutter Cathy's computer. It is not necessary to use instagram, you can also share via twitter and join the fun.

2. I am so in!! My ABC/123 photo project kind of fizzled...I think the focus was too narrow. But #mathinmyworld...Oh, the possibilities! I have an instagram account, I think. Cathy is leaving her computer muttering and I am leaving mine giddy with possibilities!!

1. I'm so excited your computer is giddy! I'll be looking for some math in your world coming our way!

3. I have loved the math pictures you have been posting. While we know math is not my forte, I can truly appreciate it when someone else stops and makes me notice the possibilities.
Like Cathy, I can't imagine taking on Instagram, but maybe in July???? :)

1. Yes, July or any time! I know you may think math is not your forte but you use math and stories include math. I hope you find something to share with us.

4. What a great way for teachers to share math photos! Parents could join in too using this hashtag. ^ And Cathy made me laugh:)

1. Hi Amy, I am hoping to share my photos in my classroom and urge families and students to join in the fun. I think these will make a great math warm up.

5. This is a great idea! I'd love to play around with this.

6. Mandy,
I love this idea! Math in the world is a great way to make it real for kids. I saw the pic at the pump recently and then saw your other pic this a.m. I always have my phone with me so uploading a pic to the hash tag is doable. Thanks for starting this idea!