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OUTDOORS WITH MATH IN THE NATIONAL PARKS Kristi Hoffman West Platte R-II Jr./Sr. High School, Weston, MO MAA MathFest 2011; Lexington, KY Saturday, August.

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1 OUTDOORS WITH MATH IN THE NATIONAL PARKS Kristi Hoffman West Platte R-II Jr./Sr. High School, Weston, MO MAA MathFest 2011; Lexington, KY Saturday, August 6, 2011

2 ABOUT ME Teaching Jr. High Mathematics West Platte R-II; Weston, MO M.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO BBA in Management and Organizational Behavior; Minors in Mathematics and Psychology Benedictine University, Lisle, IL

3 REFLECTION My students need: to be engaged. to be challenged. to practice seeing beyond the immediate picture. to improve their communication and vocabulary. to be playful. to see relevance beyond math classrooms. Spaghetti-Marshmallow Tower Challenge Spring 2011

4 Mathematics, Nature (National Parks), Photography, Travel INSPIRATION

5 4 weeks of camping 4,710.2 miles traveled 2,702 pictures taken ~84 miles hiked 21 Parks/Monuments visited Countless ideas and inspiration RESEARCH AND DATA COLLECTION

6 IN MY CLASSROOM Images will be used as a writing prompt. Students will be asked to write what they see mathematically in the picture. Then, Ill reveal what I saw mathematically. This will be the introduction into a lesson/skill/standard.

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13 Develop student Math Portfolios Strengthen math literacy Increase vocabulary Reinforce writing skills Emphasize communication skills Build analytical skills Visit local state park GOALS PROFESSIONAL Diminish math stigma Make math accessible Promote critical thinking skills Encourage hobbies, natural world Create a series of math lessons and posters centered around nature Expand the lessons and posters into other content areas STUDENT

14 Kristi Hoffman West Platte R-II Jr./Sr. High School, Weston, MO ext. 229


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