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ERIC Number: EJ993625
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Every Day Is Mathematical
Barger, Rita H.; Jarrah, Adeeb M.
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v18 n5 p280-285 Dec 2012
March 14 is special because it is Pi Day. Mathematics is celebrated on that day because the date, 3-14, replicates the first three digits of pi. Pi-related songs, websites, trivia facts, and more are at the fingertips of interested teachers and students. Less celebrated, but still fairly well known, is National Metric Day, which falls on October 10. Because the metric system is based on powers of ten, October is National Metric Month, October 10 is National Metric Day, and the week encompassing the date 10-10 is National Metric Week. During that week, teachers can schedule metric-related track meets, contests, and scavenger hunts. On Pi Day and National Metric Day, students look forward to class because the math that day is "fun." Wouldn't it be nice if math every day were fun and, at the same time, meaningful? The authors will show that every day is not only mathematical but also mathematical in multiple ways. Taking advantage of these features to motivate students to think about numbers beyond the daily lesson helps teachers make connections with their students and develop a special reputation that encourages their students to become more interested in mathematics in all its facets. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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