Modeling helps NYC educators connect math to real life

02/4/2013 | GothamSchools.org (New York)

Educators in several New York City schools are using modeling -- a method in which students apply mathematical concepts to real-world problems -- to engage students and meet requirements under the Common Core State Standards. In one lesson, a teacher asked students to read newspaper articles that included statistics and then evaluate the raw data to determine if the reporting was accurate. Other lessons involved students designing hats from paper, evaluating electoral votes and considering ways to increase wages without reducing profits.

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