“One of the challenges of teaching math, particularly in the United States, is that school math seems to come from a different universe than life math.” Attempts to bridge this “school math” with real-world math aren’t as hard as they seem, though—mathematicians are all around us.

In a recent edWebinar, Sara Delano Moore, Ph.D., director of professional learning for ORIGO Education, underscored that we, as educators, need to help students engage in math by seeing math–real-world math–as something vital to them.

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Moore points out that there are formal mathematicians with advanced degrees and accreditations, but anyone who uses math and thinks about the world quantitively can be considered a mathematician.

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Eileen Belastock, CETL is the Director of Academic Technology for Mount Greylock RSD in Williamstown, MA, and also works with edWeb.net to write articles on their professional learning edWebinars. You can follow Eileen on Twitter @EileenBelastock.