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5 Reasons Why Origami Improves Students' Skills | Edutopia - 53 views

  • origami
  • This art form engages students and sneakily enhances their skills -- including improved spatial perception and logical and sequential thinking.
  • Here are some ways that origami can be used in your classroom to improve a range of skills:

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  • Geometry
  • According to the National Center for Education Statistics in 2003, geometry was one area of weakness among American students.
  • Origami has been found to strengthen an understanding of geometric concepts, formulas, and labels, making them come alive.
  • Thinking Skills
  • Origami excites other modalities of learning. It has been shown to improve spatial visualization skills using hands-on learning.
  • Fractions
  • Folding paper can demonstrate the fractions in a tactile way.
  • Problem Solving
  • Often in assignments, there is one set answer and one way to get there. Origami provides children an opportunity to solve something that isn't prescribed and gives them a chance to make friends with failure (i.e. trial and error).
  • Origami is a fun way to explain physics concepts. A thin piece of paper is not very strong, but if you fold it like an accordion it will be.
  • Researchers have found that students who use origami in math perform better.
  • While schools are still catching up to the idea of origami as a STEAM engine (the merging of these disciplines), origami is already being used to solve tough problems in technology.
  • Additionally, the National Science Foundation, one of the government's largest funding agencies, has supported a few programs that link engineers with artists to use origami in designs. The ideas range from medical forceps to foldable plastic solar panels.
    Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, has applications in the modern-day classroom for teaching geometry, thinking skills, fractions, problem solving, and fun science.
Tim Jefferson - 25 views

    Problem solving strategies and links with cognitive load. A worthy read.
Deborah Baillesderr

Math Shake on the App Store on iTunes - 58 views

    "We all know that students find it far more challenging to answer word problems than simple equations. In Math Shake, learners practise the vital skill of solving word problems in a fun, focused way. Learners engage their critical thinking skills as they use the keywords to change word problems into equations and use interactive learning tools to visualise, image and work out their answer. Not only do learners have a range of learning tools at their fingertips, they can share their thinking by recording their working.Teachers and parents can also use Math Shake to teach learners with the interactive tools; including tens frames, number matrixes, fraction parts, number lines and counters. "

365 things to make you go "Hmmm..." | Thinking skills resources | Sparky Teaching - 7 views

    perfect for registration, Circle Time, PSHE, Thinking Skills lessons, introductions, plenaries ...whenever you want to set your class off thinking).

Murder Mystery - Resources - TES - 6 views

    A murder has been committed! There are 32 suspects, and one of them is guilty. Using your powers of deduction, can you crack each of the five coded clues to reveal the identity of the killer?
Marc Patton

Yummy Math | We provide teachers and students with mathematics relevant to ou... - 117 views

    A site called Yummy Math. At first glance the two words may seem at odds...unless you're talking about using some food items as manipulatives. Their tagline is "We provide teachers and students with mathematics relevant to our world today …"   As I investigated further, I realized these were a collection of "math stories" that set up a real-world scenario; then they pose questions for the students to ponder and problem-solve. They are timely with current events. Currently, there are math stories on March Madness, Pi Day, Green green Chicago River, and Shamrock Shakes. You can search by month or by math standard. Each math story involves multiple math standards and new stories are regularly added.
    We provide teachers and students with mathematics relevant to our world today
BalancEd Tech

True Grit: Can Perseverance be Taught? Angela Lee Duckworth - 82 views

    True Grit: Can Perseverance be Taught?
Martin Burrett

StudyJams - Maths - 115 views

    A superb collection of maths study guides, quizzes, games and activities for every area of the maths curriculum. A must for any maths teacher.
Lee-Anne Patterson

World Without Oil - 85 views

    A massively collaborative imagining of the first 32 weeks of a global oil crisis. Research shows that most gamers have continued the habits they developed in this game into their real life.
Steve Ransom

Mystery Skype - Who Could it Be? | Mr. Avery's Classroom Blog - 110 views

    Great use of Skype and student roles in problem-solving!
Eric Esterline

HIP2B2 - 66 views

    The site is designed with activities and information to help teach students critical thinking, problem solving and to get them to love learning. The site wants students to get a curiosity in math and science in every day life.
N Carroll

Thinking Blocks - 82 views

    Problem solving using thinking blocks - interactive - walks students through multi-step problem solving.
BalancEd Tech

Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education | Video on - 103 views

    Excellent video that examines students ability to learn for/with themselves.
BalancEd Tech

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - Tech Nation | Carol Dweck - 40 views

    Break free from a fixed mindset and open the world for your students!
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