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Upper School Corner - Mrs. Marjan Jahanfard

Thursday, 3 December, 2015 - 11:37 am

When I first started teaching, at the beginning of each school year, I used to ask my students to research and write a 5 paragraph essay on a career that uses math. I watched my students’ puzzled faces; not only were they being asked to write in math, but also they were realizing that there are actually careers that use math.

As math teachers,  we have an obligation to show our students the relevance of mathematics.  It is our duty to make mathematical ideas, equations, and calculations come alive, and what better way is there to do that than to integrate math with other subjects such as science and language arts.

In my middle school math class at The Hebrew Academy this week, instead of using a “word problem” out of the book when teaching mixture problems and calculating percent solutions, the students became young chemists.   Our mathematicians performed a science experiment where they mixed two different solutions and then calculated the percentage of the solvent in the final mixture.  This is mathematics coming alive in the classroom through authentic instruction. Our Middle School science teacher, Mrs. Harkins, and I really enjoy collaborating on assignments, and we look forward to helping students understand the interrelation of our various fields of study as they gain greater understanding of these concepts overall.

In an article entitled “Connecting Science and Mathematics Instruction: Pedagogical Context Knowledge for Teachers”, Jeffrey Frykholm and George Glasson advocate for the integration of math and science and call for more collaboration between teachers of these subjects. Frykholm and Glasson report increased conceptual understanding when the two subjects are integrated. You can read more about the value of science and math integration here:

Connecting Science and Mathematics Instruction

Mrs. Marjan Jahanfard

IMG_2251.JPG Sholom Eilfort and Joey Hertzberg

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