“Why do we need to learn this?”
“You might want to build something someday.”
This picture looks funny to me – like the two kids staring out the window on a rainy day at the start of the book The Cat in the Hat. What is actually happening is two math students are collecting data about the types of vehicles that drive past our school in the morning. It’s amazing the involvement, concentration and analyzing that happens in this type of activity – despite being self proclaimed ‘math haters’. I laugh (on the inside of course so that it doesn’t show) when they ask if they can quickly finish their math work so that they can do more data collecting !
I love the idea of teaching off the wall. This bulletin board serves several purposes:
1. It illustrates to students that math is many different things (I point that out when a student says, “I am no good at math!” I can show them that there are areas that they find difficult and areas they are good at.)
2. It provides review (I make flaps to hide and then show answers. The chart on the right uses paper clips to hold cards in place so they can be added with different lessons.)
3. It is an anchor chart.
4. It reminds ME of things we’ve done so I can point out connections and do regular review.
I maybe use this bulletin board too much. I keep adding things. Every time I find something cool I want to add it. Fibinocci is pictured on the left – my students can’t believe someone would spend all his time thinking about math!