• “Real life” math better than studying a workbook

    Date: 08.10.09 | by Judge Tom.

    Will you be able to handle high school algebra if you’re already struggling with middle school math and fractions?  Probably not.  A new program aims to help students by using real life examples in place of worksheets.

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    Photo by Arjin j (Flickr)

    The program is called “4 Real Math.”  It uses activities to teach such concepts as fractions and equations. For example, in teaching equations about distance, students actually run a timed 40-yard dash.  Other activities include shooting baskets, eating pizza, and bowling.

    “With the story and basketball, it’s easier for me.  Instead of doing worksheets, we’re outside playing games,” commented Anissa, a 7th-grader at Gilmore Middle School in Wisconsin.

    Do you think it would be easier to learn by doing something physical rather than reading from a book?  Sort of like “on-the-job training” that you’ll experience in the workforce when you get older. Or is a combination of book-learning and real-life exercises the best way to learn and remember what you did?

    Check out the following infographic by OnlineColleges.net about America’s math problem:


    American Math Infographic

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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