# Category Archives for "Concepts"

Feb 23

## Why, Oh, Why Must I Learn Math?

I recently asked some folks this question: What are you/your children’s biggest struggles in math? The responses varied (stay tuned for others in future blogs), but several voiced the same struggle: why. Knowing why you need to learn something certainly doesn’t seem like too much to expect. It’s actually a very reasonable question. As Alfred […]

Oct 12

## Why Do I Have to Learn That?

I recently looked at various college math materials, and they reminded me why so many students hate math. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought math was a meaningless set of rules I had to memorize—a subject designed to give me a headache. However, nothing could be further from the truth! While math […]

Aug 10

## Back-to-School Math Encouragement and Free Resources

It’s the time of year again where many of you may be heading back to school after a summer break. Here are some free resources to help encourage/equip you to teach math from a biblical worldview as you go. Free Transforming Math Video – Watch this 18-minute video to get a glimpse into how biblical […]

Jul 21

## Math All Around: Garden Hoses and Circumferences

Garden hoses–they’re a common summer sight. But have you ever wondered whether your hose would reach the flower bed on the other side of the driveway…and wanted to find the answer without having to unwind the hose? Assuming your hose is wound up in circles, you can use math to find the approximate length of […]

Apr 11

## Geometry and Sounding Boards

Did you ever wonder how sound was projected before the days of microphones? I found it fascinating to learn at a historical church that sometimes they used “sounding boards” like the one shown here. Sound waves would bounce off this sounding board at different angles, causing the preacher’s voice to reach different parts of the […]

Apr 04

## It’s Square Root Day!

04/04/16 is square root day! I posted some thoughts on how to use the day to reinforce a biblical worldview of math and praise the Creator of all together over at the Creation Club. Hope you enjoy! Note: You can get more ideas on how to teach square roots from a biblical worldview in Revealing […]

Mar 03

## Math and the Presidential Primaries

One of the things I stress a lot in my math resources is that math isn’t confined to a textbook. As I’ve been following the presidential elections this year, it occurred to me that it provides a great opportunity to show students math in action. Math is used quite a bit behind the scenes in […]

Dec 08

## Improbability of Evolution Math Lesson Plan

I was pleased to learn about this middle school math lesson plan that uses math to show the improbability of evolution. (The main math concept is probability, along with large numbers and scientific notation, although others are also used.) While designed specifically for a public school setting, it could be easily adapted for Christian or […]

Jan 30

## Snowflake Math

Math might not be the first thing you think of when you see snow, but believe it or not, math helps us describe God’s handiwork in each tiny snowflake. To start with, we can observe that the general shape of each flake is approximately the same. Snowflakes can be described by the six-sided shape we […]