“ Imagination is more important than knowledge “ Einstein
Teachers nowadays are working with students whose entire lives have been immersed in the 21st century media culture. Today’s students are digital learners.
Teaching in the 21st century carry with it a complicated mix challenges and opportunities. Challenges include the issues of teacher turn over, accountability, and student expectations. However , with the 21st century learning tools, the power of technology-based tools and resources give teachers the opportunity to address these challenges .
Here are some practices that I do in my math classroom.
· Plan a research project that will apply their math skills . A project should be of their interest or about the career they plan to pursue in the future
· Have them research using different resources , books , articles, internet, and photos ,video and interviews. Come up with math skills or statistics and analyze information from the data they gather. This is were their critical thinking comes in and answer problems that they have in mind.
· Use technology to present the research like power point presentation or video themselves presenting the research project. Invite the principal, board members, or parents to hear the presentations.
· And finally, write journals as part of their learning experience.
I did these in my class, and I am proud to say that math is more interesting and more applicable to the real world .
By : Merlyn Tabaque
Math educator ,USA