Solve this math problem:
Two trains, 300 kilometres apart, travel toward each other along the same track. The first train at 100 km/h, the second at 150 km/h. A fly buzzes back and forth between the two trains until they collide. If the fly’s speed is 200 km/h, how far will it travel?
The math curriculum has certainly changed since the above classic math problem was first posed. As math teachers of today’s active, multi-modal students, we need to continually look for ways to successfully develop numeracy connections to their background experiences and the world around them.
Great resources can be found through teacher connections, on the Alberta Education site, checking the LearnAlberta workspace, asking your Twitter PLN (professional learning network), attending specific professional development sessions and even math readings.
It is the last piece – reading about meaningful math experiences– that I will address.
Where can one find good Math blogs, resources and strategies gathered in one place?
Simple. Look for blogs, talk to colleagues and set up an RSS reader page. Wait a minute, that didn’t sound so simple! Ah yes, back to simple. There already is a math RSS website set up for you. Check out http://www.netvibes.com/slitech#Numeracy where there are teacher math blogs, tagged resources, Khan academy videos, ERLC PD sessions, Discovery Education Canada streaming video clips grouped in specific grade levels and a podcast.
This math page updates continuously so it’s easy to visit – just bookmark it.
If you have other sites you frequent that you believe would benefit being found here, please let pass it on! If you already have a Netvibes site set up I can send you this whole Math tab to include in your feeds. If you use another RSS Aggregator and want to add the resources to your site, just click on ‘Share’ at the top right corner of each resource that you would like!
If this has peaked your interest in setting up an RSS Aggregator site of your own, just let me know, I’ll be glad to assist you!