Math is beautiful. Anyway that’s what I’ve been told. When I was growing up, I understood numbers and practical math right away. I was able to add and subtract quickly. Times tables. No problem! You should see me count my cards in cribbage. I got some math like recognizing patterns everywhere. Fibonacci Theory. Yes! I see it.
Then I was exposed to Algebra and abstract concepts. I just didn’t get it. If only I had easy explanations like this:
What if we changed school so students taught each other math concepts and used the Internet to connect, share, and publish?
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Math is beautiful and everywhere, but it isn’t always easy for everyone. Creative teachers can open exciting doors for students with invented strategies for whole number computation. There are multiple ways to solve any one question. Check out some interesting and funny examples from some segments from Abbott and Costello. I used to watch these and never knew I was learning new ways to add or subtract.
13 x 7 = 28
Numbers Game
How about showing these to your students and have them come up with their own math skits?