Making Word Problems Come to Life
Ms. Ruggeri and her Integrated Algebra class transformed a word problem that many students may describe as “boring” or “difficult” into an exciting 30 second movie clip. The problem on this video is a systems of equations problem that asks students to figure out the cost of one slice of pizza and one cookie. After a couple students created the video, Ms. Ruggeri showed it to the entire class. She plans to share the video in her other classes and with her colleagues. After watching the movie, Ruggeri’s students were better understood what the problem was asking and they were more engaged in the problem solving process than they would have been if they just read it on paper. Ms. Ruggeri plans to create more math videos with her classes using real world scenarios as a strategy to better engage in mathematics.
Using the ENGAGING Framework, this lesson demonstrates the use of Intelligence Interventions. Students in Ms. Ruggeri’s class were engaged in an activity that was kinesthetic and visual/spacial. They participated in creating an authentic video to help them solve complex math problems.
Posted on February 24, 2012, in Athena High Best Practices and tagged Algebra, engaging, Engaging Framework, math movies, Ms. Ruggeri, systems of equations, technology. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.