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ERIC Number: EJ1074911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Maya Calendars in the Classroom
Taylor, Cynthia E.; Rehm, Megan A.; Catepillán, Ximena
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v21 n2 p106-113 Sep 2015
This article presents a lesson in which least common multiples helps students not only develop a perspective on an ancient culture but also draw on the cultural background of classmates. The Maya calendar received a lot of attention in the years leading up to December 21, 2012, because of the mythological end of "creation." Co-author Megan Rehm, a seventh-grade math teacher, had recently completed a graduate class in which she was introduced to the Maya civilization and calendar. Her prealgebra students were particularly interested in the cataclysmic Maya prophecy, so she created a lesson reinforcing the least common multiple (LCM). Since 15 percent of Rehm's students were members of immigrant families, she decided to design a culture-laden lesson. In so doing, it would give her students an opportunity to develop a compassionate understanding of their classmates from different backgrounds and would help foster an atmosphere of respect, solidarity, and collaboration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 7; Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A