How many of us grew up taking math classes thinking there was nothing useful about them? How many of us have finally discovered that math has a purpose and is useful in nearly everything in every day life?
Wouldn't math had meant so much more if we had been taught Algebra served with a side of ice cream?
Steve Norton uses his creativity to teach algebra in a very practical...and fun...way. His students learn, love to learn, and are figuring out how to apply math to everyday situations.
I love that they learn algebra to the tune of Jingle Bells:
Graph a line, graph a line, here is what we know: Draw a table, pick an X, plug it in, and go.
Get a list of five or six, and graph your ordered pairs. Connect the dots, a line you've got, if you've graphed with care.
Graph a line, graph a line, from slope-intercept form Y equals MX plus B. Here is what it's for:
At B you cross the Y-axis, and M, it stands for slope. Begin with B and move with M. It makes a line, we hope!
Anyone out there who can teach algebra and math creatively?...or know someone else who could? I'd love to talk them into volunteering their skills at our After-School Academy one day a week.