Real-world math can help students find a "reason" to learn math in school.

Real-world math: Mathematicians are all around us

It’s not as hard as you think to find math in unexpected places—real-world math surrounds and influences us each day

“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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