Sometimes real life maths turns up when I least expect it. Maths learning moments suddenly appear. And if I take advantage of these
moments, some wonderful real maths learning can happen…
on the Kahn Academy website. Before we moved off the site, I did a bit of
drawings and animations.
Soon we’d all written programs using codes to produce simple drawings.
all the numbers meant. We found out that the screen can be thought of as a
number plane 400 pixels wide and 400 pixels high. Some of the codes involve plotting
points using x and y coordinates. The origin is in the top left hand corner of the screen.
in the centre of the two intersecting perpendicular axes.”
on a piece of paper. Then I found a couple of Gizmos so the girls could
manipulate the points themselves, working out the x and y coordinates and the
quadrants. Finally, I found a Brainpop video and quiz about coordinates.
maths concept despite it being above their supposed maths age level. I guess that is because
they saw a use for it. They want to use these maths skills when writing their
programs. Even though the origin is in a different place, number planes
and coordinates are the same for computer science as they are for traditional
science tutorial the girls want to try: Using Maths Expressions… If there’s one thing computers are good at, it’s
doing math. You’ll never need a calculator again.
What is important is that the girls find these concepts interesting and useful… and they want to learn about them. And my job is to seize the moment and provide the necessary resources to satisfy their captured interest.
Taking advantage of the moment is a wonderful way to learn. Do you have any wonderful maths learning moments to share?