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Friday, February 19 • 11:25am - 12:10pm
Math for Social Activism: Considering The Omnivore’s Dilemma in the Math Classroom

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How do you give students a hands-on way to apply mathematicas to real-life issues? Create a project that shows them how math can be a powerful tool to support ethical personal decision-making and social activism!

This project introduced basic math concepts - and provided opportunity for ongoing practice and mastery of concepts - from a perspective of examing the agribusiness industry. Students read Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and watched the documentary film Food Inc., then they used fractions, decimals, and percentages to analyze financial ratios of publicly traded companies in the agribusiness industry. They made calculations and created graphs to draw conclusions about both finance and corporate responsibility and they presented their findings in a PowerPoint presentation.

In this session, I'll share about the development, implemenation and impact of this unique project with my 6th and 7th grade students.

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Matthew Kolb

Teacher, Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Matt Kolb is currently a teacher of mathematics at The Ethical Culture Fieldston School. He has developed academic curriculum in business education for Pace University in New York City and New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, NY, developed multi-topic curriculum for the Learning... Read More →

Friday February 19, 2016 11:25am - 12:10pm MST
Nambe Santa Fe Community Convention Center