• Robert Ahdoot

Math Motivation: A project idea


While you're at home, during the cold / inclement days, it's time to get creative.

The school year is winding down. If you're like me, every day I think different things. On some days, I'm so grateful to be home with my family and bond as we have been. On other days, I think of people near and far, seen and unseen, pushed to the brink by this calamity.


And every day, I can't escape the truth that this moment is a major setback for education.


One healthy outlet for pent up thoughts and feelings is physical activity. With so much time spent at home, we need to think creatively. Then an idea hit me.


My idea was to climb the steps in my house 100 times. Then using math, I would calculate the number of steps I climbed, to compete with some of the world's tallest and most iconic landmarks. Oftentimes, teachers assign end-of-year projects. Something like this can be an idea for a multimedia project for you or your students.


The more I think of this as a project idea, the more I love it. Think of all it packs in:

  • It's open for anyone to try: students, teachers, and parents.

  • It incorporates physical activity, which is SO important to our mental and emotional health. Especially now, when we have less exercise opportunities.

  • It's fun, creative, and personal. You can think of ideas that spark your interests and passions.

  • While I incorporated math, others can weave in other areas of study, such as English, foreign language, science, or the performative/visual arts.

  • Sooner or later, you gotta throw your hat into the "make a video" ring. This project offers great exposure to the very employable skill of multimedia creation. (Google search: "free movie creator apps")


Warmly yours,

Robert

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