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Outdoors with math in the national parks. Kristi Hoffman West Platte R-II Jr./Sr. High School, Weston, MO MAA MathFest 2011 ; Lexington, KY Saturday, August 6, 2011. ABOUT ME Teaching Jr. High Mathematics West Platte R-II; Weston, MO M.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics

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outdoors with math in the national parks
Outdoors with math in the national parks

Kristi Hoffman

West Platte R-II Jr./Sr. High School, Weston, MO

MAA MathFest 2011; Lexington, KY

Saturday, August 6, 2011

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ABOUT ME

Teaching Jr. High Mathematics

West Platte R-II; Weston, MO

M.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics

Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO

BBA in Management and

Organizational Behavior; Minors in

Mathematics and Psychology

Benedictine University, Lisle, IL

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Spaghetti-Marshmallow Tower Challenge

REFLECTION

My students need:

  • to be engaged.
  • to be challenged.
  • to practice seeing beyond the immediate picture.
  • to improve their communication and vocabulary.
  • to be playful.
  • to see relevance beyond math classrooms.

Spring 2011

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inspiration

Mathematics, Nature (National Parks), Photography, Travel

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4 weeks of camping

4,710.2 miles traveled

2,702 pictures taken

~84 miles hiked

21 Parks/Monuments visited

Countless ideas and inspiration

RESEARCH AND DATA COLLECTION

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IN MY CLASSROOM

  • Images will be used as a writing prompt.
  • Students will be asked to write what they see “mathematically” in the picture.
  • Then, I’ll reveal what I saw mathematically.
  • This will be the introduction into a lesson/skill/standard.
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REFLECT

REVEAL

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REFLECT

REVEAL

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REFLECT

REVEAL

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REFLECT

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REFLECT

REVEAL

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GOALS

PROFESSIONAL

STUDENT

  • Diminish math stigma
  • Make math accessible
  • Promote critical thinking skills
  • Encourage hobbies, natural world
  • Create a series of math lessons and posters centered around nature
  • Expand the lessons and posters into other content areas

Develop student “Math Portfolios”

Strengthen math literacy

Increase vocabulary

Reinforce writing skills

Emphasize communication skills

Build analytical skills

Visit local state park

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Kristi Hoffman

West Platte R-II Jr./Sr. High School, Weston, MO

[email protected]

816.640.2292 ext. 229

www.fundsoph.blogspot.com

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