# Category Archives: Real-World Math

"What do you like about working here?" I asked during my interview to work at KCP Tech. I was rather struck by Vishakha's response that she liked being able to help people learn math. She thought … Continue Reading ››

# What do you wonder? Real-world math problems are everywhere

We hear this everywhere - students should be doing "real-world" math and they should be applying what they learn in math to "real-world situations." Textbooks and math resources advertise their "real-world problem solving" experiences and "real-life math applications." But, as those of us who are math teachers can attest, often times the real-world examples are … Continue Reading ››

# Face(book) the Facts––You’re Being Targeted!

I have a fake Facebook birthday. I chose leap day for my fake Facebook birthday, so this is the first year I've actually celebrated it. My Facebook friends are a mix of long-time friends, close and distant relatives, acquaintances from dancing, friends of friends, and current and former colleagues, so I got a mix of … Continue Reading ››

# Graffiti as Street Math?

Last night, Key and our sister company KCP Technologies had an outing to the California Academy of Sciences weekly "NightLife" event--every Thursday night, the Academy opens to adults only with a theme of the evening, as well as opportunity to explore all the … Continue Reading ››

# Occupy Wall Street and Quantitative Reasoning

After last week's regional NCTM conference in Atlantic City, I decided to visit New York City for the weekend before flying back home to the west coast. I love that city and, as usual, had an exceedingly good time. On Sunday, I decided to visit Occupy Wall Street, both out of curiosity and support. From what … Continue Reading ››

# A Plane with a View

I travel a lot for work and therefore spend quite a bit of time looking out airplane windows.  I always think of model trains with the little miniature villages, people, cars, etc. as the planes are taking off or landing.  I also find it fascinating to see all the geometric shapes that are so apparent … Continue Reading ››

# Applied Math in Chem Lab

I just started taking two science classes, Biology and Chemistry, in the evenings. This week I participated in my first chemistry lab since 1988, complete with safety goggles and a Bunsen burner. It was so exciting! In the midst of all this chemistry, the neatest thing for me was helping another student with the math … Continue Reading ››

# Real-World Problems: Whose World Is It, Anyway?

At a meeting of mathematics supervisors this week there was much discussion about how to meet the needs of struggling learners. I thought of the students I’d worked with over twenty years in the classroom, and of how my kids caused me to rethink my teaching. They asked me a lot of surprising questions. Take this … Continue Reading ››

# The Finger Calendar: An Algorithm at Your Fingertips

At the start of this year, I was reminded of the Finger Calendar method my mom taught me when I was growing up. According to her method, you can figure out the day of the week for any date in history. You just need to calibrate your fingers for the given year. For example, my birthday … Continue Reading ››