Friday, January 08, 2016

Using music in middle school to teach math


A mathematics teacher, Robert MacCarthy, at Willard Middle School in Berkeley, CA  has students compose music in order to teach mathematics concepts.


The kids show tremendous enthusiasm, and I have rarely seen a math teacher connect to students this way.  I worked as a substitute teacher myself from 2004-2007 (see especially Oct. 17, 2008).

The “work” or song that the kids composed does sound a bit like hip-hop.

Update: February 23, 2016

See a story on the Issues blog about "art integration" (theater and dance) with math education in Virginia.

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