Math and Wonder

May 12, 2016

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Delsia Malone

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Recently in our May #WonderChat with @Wonderopolis via Twitter, the Lead Ambassadors along with other educators and parents, were able to learn new ways to connect math and wonder. The chat was one hour, but the learning and conversation that took place, will last me a lifetime. Wonder is not age specific, but when wonder is coupled with the curriculum, our knowledge base is expanded. Afterwards, as I discussed the chat with my hubby, I concluded that math and wonder are a great combination. Students will need math skills for a lifetime, wondering is also timeless and ageless. As teachers and parents we should do all that we can, to help our students expand their knowledge whether it is in math, geography, history, science, technology or any field that they lack knowledge or knowledge needs expanding. But for now, try these suggestions to broaden the wonder and math in your classroom or at home:

  • make connections to the real world. This is authentic learning. Go to the grocery store together.
  • Allow students to explore big concepts in mathematics and to make connections.
  • Use @wonderopolis.org to grow math talk in a classroom by letting them hear vocabulary in context.
  • Allow students to choose topic and use Wonder of the Day.
  • Add wonder to morning message.
  • Add QR codes to books that connect to learning/wonders.
  • Use wonder in a listening station.
  • Use wonder in a math activity.
  • Discuss wonders during dinner and let kids connect math and their learning.
  • Utilize #WonderWednesday to connect math and #wonder.

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