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Collaboration is Key for Students in Applied Math!

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5c111c52c36fd Students work together to collect data on the makes, models, and colors of cars in the parking lot.

Students work together to collect data on the makes, models, and colors of cars in the parking lot.

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5c111c52c36fd Students collaborate to create their “Spaghetti Bridge” graph.

Students collaborate to create their “Spaghetti Bridge” graph.

As the first semester comes to a close, one of the biggest successes in our class has been the ability of students to work with their peers. This math class calls upon students to step out of their comfort zones to work with others in a cooperative way. Almost daily, students are asked to work with those around them to get their assignments done. Not only does this help students become successful in this math class, but allows them to work as part of a team, which all will have to do in whatever career they choose to pursue.


Each day, students are graded on career skills points, some of which are dedicated to working as part of a team. During partner or group work, students in applied math listen to their peer’s ideas and help each other complete the work. It is important for students to work together so they can be successful - not only in math - but in other pursuits, as well.


Most recently, students worked to graph the data they collected on the Spaghetti Bridge assignment. This allowed students to compare their data to other people and check to make sure they were on the right track. It is always impressive to see students working together to help those around them. Another example of students working together was when we had the chance to brave the cold weather and head outdoors to collect data on the cars in our parking lot. Students recorded the make, model, and color of 15 different vehicles. They then worked collaboratively to complete the assigned work. 


In addition to the math students are learning, which is very important and will help them in their future careers, the collaborative skills they have built will prove invaluable in whatever they decide to do!

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