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Welcome to the second year for the Math Connection Project. A Mathematical Problem Solving Workshop between international and public schools around the world.

Math is found and used everywhere in our world. This collaborative project is designed to provide a place for students and teachers to share their experiences with math and discover the connection of mathematics study to their own real world experiences. This year's project is centered about four CHALLENGES which will use a variety of online tools to engage your students' in exploring and communicating their understanding of math within four different strands.

  • For each CHALLENGE, students will share a real world example of math within the challenge strand using web2.0 tools.
  • Students will pose questions and problems about their real world example for others to explore and solve.
  • Students will post their example with questions on their individual wiki page in Math Connections.
  • Classes will then be partnered enabling students to work collaboratively to ask questions and solve the problems posed. See the Students and Partners Page.




Interested in participating?


    • The project is open to all elementary and middle school level classrooms from all over the world.
    • Join us for just one time or as many CHALLENGES as they fit into your planning and schedule.
    • Individual, small group, or whole class examples are welcome.
    • Email me at lvnitsche@gmail.com to answer any other questions you might have.

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Project Goals


  • Develop mathematical understanding across the standards of communication, connections, and problem solving.
  • Develop an understanding of the use of mathematics in everyday life.
  • Develop an understanding of the universality of mathematics across the world.
  • Engage students in discussions about mathematics with others across the world.
  • Develop collaborative skills across classes and countries.
  • Creatively communicate new understandings about mathematics.

By focusing their attention on finding examples of math in their world, students will broaden their understanding of mathematics study. Both synchronous and asynchronous interactions will provide an opportunity for students to share their own experiences and dialogue with others about their discoveries of math in their world. Through these collaborations, students will discover that mathematics is found everywhere in our world, expand their understanding of the universality of mathematics, and further understand the role of math in their everyday lives.



THE 2008- 2009 CHALLENGES

CHALLENGE 1: DATA ANALYSIS
November - December
Challenge 1 will first focus on student exploration within the strand of Data Analysis. What graphs, charts, and statistics can your students find to show math at work in the real world? What information is being shared? What information is left out? What questions do the data raise? Help your students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers.

CHALLENGE 2: GEOMETRY
February - March
Challenge 2 will focus on student exploration within the strand of Geometry.

CHALLENGE 3: NUMBER OPERATIONS
March - April
Challenge 3 will focus on student exploration within the strand of Number Operations. How do real people use number operations in their jobs and in their real lives? Who can you find that will tell you about the number operations they use, how they use them, and what they tell them? Help your students understand the importance of estimation and accuracy.

CHALLENGE 4: MEASUREMENT
May - June
Challenge 4 will focus on student exploration within the strand of Measurement. How big is your playground, your school, your classroom? How much food is served every day at school? How heavy is your backpack? What questions could your class pose and explore that involve the measurement of length, weight, or volume? Help your students explore different measurement systems and develop benchmark measurements to guide their real world observations in the world.

Join us as often as it fits into your planning and schedule.

Let's work together to help students find common connections across their experiences and cultures.