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.
Get your camera ready and join the #mathinmyworld fun!