Dynamic Math Connections: A program that enhances mathematics skills and builds deep understanding

by Matthew Cecconi, Dynamic Math Teacher, Grades 7/8 — Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Fair Lawn Public Schools, NJ

 

It was such an honor to be a finalist in the Follett Challenge for our Dynamic Math Connections program!

Fair Lawn Public Schools’ Dynamic Math Connections is an engaging program that immerses students in cross-curricular applications of mathematics and shows them how it is used in the real world. The half-year course focuses on project-based learning through the use of various technology, hands-on projects and manipulatives.

Fair Lawn students work with Zomes, as well as modeling their tower on a 3D “CAD” (Computer Aided Design) program.

Fair Lawn students work with Zomes as well as modeling their tower on a 3D “CAD” (Computer Aided Design) program.

Students get to choose what they want to investigate and then analyze data from a topic that truly interests them—such as animation, video gaming and more.

We, as a department, have put in so much work to ensure that the Dynamic Math Connections program is not only enjoyable for our students, but also successful in enriching their mathematical reasoning and understanding.

Students use textbooks and notebooks to demonstrate how much weight their tower can withstand.

Students use textbooks and notebooks to demonstrate how much weight their tower can withstand.

We have had teachers and administrators from other districts visit our classrooms to view the Dynamic Math program in the hopes of adopting a similar program in their own schools. Dynamic Math has been very successful and we believe schools everywhere could benefit from seeing what it has to offer students. We hope being recognized on a national level will accomplish the same outcome, but on a much larger scale.

Thank you to everyone at Follett for helping us showcase our Dynamic Math Connections program. We are so excited to be able to enhance our students’ learning with the winnings from the Follett Challenge. We have already begun looking into software, hardware, and more hands-on manipulatives to help us advance our curriculum.

 

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