If we are going to convince our students that math is usual in everyday experiences, then we need to show them everyday experiences and have them do math.

And a box of oranges like that is an everyday experience for me. In fact, that’s my kitchen in the picture. So, how many oranges will fit in that crate?

And for a real challenge, how many will fit into the dark brown basket beside it?

Remember, the power is in the explanation.

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To help students see math in everyday experiences I am writing Engineering Stories. This short entry is on Linear Algebra. More to come…

http://stemstories.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/linear-algebra/

Thanks for the comment and for telling me about your site. Realistic fiction in short story form about STEM is a pretty interesting idea. Especially since my school has mandatory literacy requirements for all students in all subjects, so if I find something that I want my students to use (or if you have any suggestions for a high school geometry class) then I will seek permission to show my kids.

Thanks again and have a great 2013.

Andrew, One of my stories that involves geometry (shape, distance, relative angles) is “Foot Notes.” It is based on a real experience I had developing an inexpensive foot shape scanner for an entrepreneur. If you are serious about using it in the classroom, I would like to offer my services to you as follows. I can put together a serious of questions or mentoring notes relating Geometry to the story “Foot Notes.” I am very interested in getting feedback regarding the use of my stories in the classroom. I have some Educational Scientists who are interested as well. If I write some mentoring questions for your geometry students, will you use them and give me feedback on the experience?

Best Regards,

Ken Hardman