May 30, 2012

Today in 9th Grade Math

There is something to be said for the gamification of education. I couldn't believe how motivated my students were to win little plastic rectangles.
Today we started playing Blackjack!
I had no real curriculum with my 9th graders so I've used the year to explore ideas... I've had some great successes and some lackluster results. Last year the previous 9th grade teacher had taught some probability so I figured I'd follow his footsteps, but I wanted to do it by playing games not by marching page by page through a textbook.

Today, we started playing blackjack. I'm not 100% sure where we are going math-wise, but I know there is more math in Blackjack than my students (or I) can handle. There is a lot of great thinking in developing a strategy and plenty students can learn through simulations and gathering experimental data. I can't wait to see where this goes!

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