Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Math in the Real World

How many of us have heard a student say, "When will I ever use this in real life?" We will never admit it, but sometimes this question is a tricky one to answer. I came across a video that takes accounts of people in real careers and how some aspect of each of these careers uses math. This video not only talks about the importance of knowing math but that it is all around us in our everyday lives. Showing this video in class might inspire a student or two to keeping pushing and persevere through a subject that can be incredibly frustrating and one that often has a negative stigma attached to it. It is important that we develop positive attitudes toward mathematics, because if this idea is ignored, students with great potential in math may simply give up on it.

1 comment:

  1. I found this to be a very interesting and enlightening video. It would be a great introductory hook for students about to start grade 9 math because that is the time where students can decide ok what do I want to be, who do I want to be and is math going to help me get there. Students who are going into an applied class can even benefit from seeing this, they might be inspired and say hey you know what I want to do that and if i don't take academic math I won't be able to. Its important like you said for them to realize this before they get to grade 12 and its too late. Thanks for the great find!