Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
July 15, 1998
Title of workshop
Connecting Math to Our Lives
Names and Countries of Presenters:
Kristin Brown (U.S.A.)
Enid Figueroa (Puerto
Patti McLain (U.S.A.)
Petru Dumitru (Romania)
Connecting Math to Our Lives or
What could be the way from Pure Math to our Lives?
This workshop describes an ongoing multilingual
project in I*EARN for students of all ages:
Connecting Math to Our Lives. In this project students
joined with others around the world in examining their own lives and communities
and broader issues relating to social justice and equality
from a mathematical perspective. In many countries, math traditionally
has been studied on its own or linked in the curriculum with
science. This project explored the possibilities of linking math to other
areas of the curriculum including social studies and language arts.
Last year dozens of classes participated in the
project. We will share their many ideas with
you such as interviewing community members about how
they use math in their lives or working with students to conduct surveys
and analyze the data using graphs and charts.
The workshop will also focus on these topics:
helping students to see math as a universal
language and to overcome their fear of mathematical symbols,
using math to make decisions, comparisons, and judgments, observing math
in the world, and helping students learn from others and work
in a team.
Outline of the workshop:
Introduction by Enid Figueroa, Kristin
Brown, Co-directors in I*EARN ORILLAS
Center and the coordinators of the project
"Connecting Math to Our Lives". Patti
McLain and Petru
Dumitru are teachers participating in project.
Math in Our Lives and Communities, by Kristin
Brown, Enid Figueroa, and Petru
Linking Math to Social Concerns and Issues of Equality,
by Kristin Brown.
Promoting Equity at our school site, by Patti McLain.
Communication using Math like an universal language
by Petru Dumitru
Plans ideas for next year by Kristin Brown.
Audience questions, answers and feedback. An invitation
to dialogue about the project evaluation,
other ideas of activities for next year, by
Special Thanks to Enid Figueroa, Carla
B. Herrera and Rafael Alvarez Martinez for all photographs.