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Educator Spotlight: Seeing the World Through Math

Kimberly Mizenko challenged her students to see math in the world around them and use it to make sense of big data, such as endangered species, which felt important to her and engaging for her class. Kimberly led her students in an investigation to use data and graphing to make predictions and understand the many local and global factors that influence species worldwide, and ultimately … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Seeing the World Through Math

What’s the True Cost of Christmas? $170,609.46

BUSINESS MATH For 35 years, PNC Bank has calculated the prices of the 12 gifts from the classic carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The result is the Christmas Price Index, a unique and whimsical holiday tradition that makes learning about the economy fun. (PNC) Use PNC and the SIFMA Foundation’s middle-school lesson plan to introduce students to basic financial literacy. Teachers, scroll down for … Continue reading What’s the True Cost of Christmas? $170,609.46

Strategy Share: Engaging the Five Senses for Lasting Impact

Snap. Crackle. Pop. After the first few weeks of class, I was sitting on my couch enjoying a lazy Saturday. The morning news was playing in the background and the porch door open. I could feel the balminess of a typical New Orleans day settle its way into the living room. Continue reading Strategy Share: Engaging the Five Senses for Lasting Impact

Educator Spotlight: Asking ‘Thick Questions’ to Understand Geographic Data

Peter Michaud incorporates geography into his lessons for subjects ranging from math to literacy. In an activity that combined data and statistics with mapping, he encouraged his fifth-graders to ask “thick questions” and consider different perspectives when answering them. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Asking ‘Thick Questions’ to Understand Geographic Data