Take Teaching to the Next Level Where Microscope and Mouse Meet Connecting to a Global Community of Educators Matt’s Media Tips 11-13 Making the Math Magic Happen with Media When I was growing up math was the one subject that could always make me break out into a panic induced sweat. I learned math through rote and repetition and struggled to find the relevance. I used to be petrified of the day when my son or daughter asked me to help them with their math homework because that’s the day they would find out that dad’s not as smart as he was pretending to be. But today I see a completely different way of engaging the students like the me of the past. Access to digital media like interactive games, videos and songs help to differentiate instruction to learners like me and make math relevant. To celebrate this magic, this week is dedicated to making math a not-so-scary subject, engaging and meaningful. Something to sing about. There are 1418 songs within Discovery Education. 211 are about Math. These songs cover the gambit K-12 and many include teachers’ guides and lyrics. My favorite set of math songs come from Dr. Lodge McCammon - search “Lodge” and choose songs as your media type to find them. Lodge sings about many subjects, including Math, in a unique and contemporary way. I have two favorite Lodge songs when zero’ing in on math. “My (0,Y) Find” is a love song to slope. You can’t really get better than that. Unless the order of operations is more your thing. If that is your style then you need to check out his song entitled “The Value.” Not only do Lodge’s songs and lyric guides/activities make math more accessible and relevant, but they also open up the door for you to have students express How am I doing? I would love to know your thoughts. Use this link to tell me!