Sunday, July 3, 2011
Math 1512/ Does the word GEOMETRY scare you too?
When I was in high school, a long time ago, I remember when I had to take geometry. I think that even the word had me scared. Everyone told me how difficult it was to pass. Although I did alright in high school, to this day when I am working on geometry problems, I still worry that I am not going to understand it. Just the word, geometry, makes me nervous.
Geometry is a branch of mathematics that is concerned with questions of shape, size, relative position of figures and the properties of space. As many of use know, geometry has to do with lengths, areas and volumes. It is one of the oldest mathematical sciences. This is such an important area of math for students to discover and understand since there are many real world problems that deal with geometry.
There is so much technology out now that can help students not only understand geometry, but also find the geometry can be fun. While working on different assignments in pedagogy class, one assignment was to create lessons for a selected grade, subject and unit. I developed lessons for fourth grade mathematics in a geometry unit. This helped me to understand how to create lessons in geometry that can be interesting and help students remained engaged. It was my goal, with the help of a smart board and math websites, to develop lessons for students so they wouldn't have to be scared of the word geometry. Geometry does not have to be scary anymore.
Here are a few websites that I found that can help with geometry: