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…

# Category: Practical Ideas

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

## 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…

## It’s Square Root Day!

## Math and the Presidential Primaries

## Math and Chocolate

Math and chocolate–since those are two of my favorite words, imagine my joy when I came across the news that a University College London (UCL) student had been exploring the math behind chocolate fountains. Notice how the chocolate in a chocolate fountain doesn’t flow straight down–it curves slightly inward at each tier. The research–which involved…

## 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…

## Math at a Concert

## Battleship, Probability, and More

As I sat playing Battleship the other day, I got to thinking about how many concepts of math I was using as I played. (For those not familiar with the game, Battleship involves trying to guess where your opponent’s ships are located on a grid.) To begin with, I used numbers to identify the columns…

## Teaching Problem-Solving Skills Through Summer Projects

A great way to help your students learn problem-solving skills is to give them opportunities to use math outside a textbook, guiding them through figuring out what information they know, what they need to know, and what steps they can take to get from one to the other. And summertime is a great time of…