Changing the mindset of students is one reason a teacher set out to let them know that math is fun with teacher-created videos.
“We need to shift from an acceptance of ‘I can’t do math’ to making it fun and engaging,” said Beyranevand, 39.
Beyranevand is the K-12 math and science coordinator for Chelmsford Public Schools. His methods are unconventional. He creates videos in collaboration with Chelmsford Telemedia, “Math with Matthew” and is in the fourth season of the popular series
He has been changing popular songs into educational videos since 2014. Students are part of the process. They write the lyrics, appear on camera, sing, and work behind the scenes.
His first video “What is the Value of Pi?” was set to “What Does the Fox Say?” and it was a national hit. The video was shared on Twitter on Pi Day by the U.S. Department of Education and Wonder Years child actress Danica McKellar who is now a mathematician.
More videos followed, including “SOHCAHTOA Style” based on “Gangnam Style”, an explaination for trigonometry calculations of the sine, cosine, and tangent of an angle. Another popular one was “Girls Are All About That Math,” set to Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” celebrating girls’ interest in math.