If you’ve ever wondered what “solving for x” and “factoring for y” means in real life, Roosevelt Middle School students and teachers are working with community leaders to better understand real problems, and finding that math in real life makes learning personalized.

Soft SkillsSeventh and eighth graders in Jenoge Khatter’s algebra class have been evaluating district and state data  from Eugune Oregon, regarding figures on boundary lines, school curriculum, hiring policies, school choice, and segregation.  The project is intended to spark student interest in real data that applies to the student’s local community.

“We’re trying to shift what learning math means,” said Maddy Ahearn, the math administrator for the Eugene district.  “And we know that if students engage in more relevant mathematical lessons, they learn the concepts and material a lot better.”

The $1.25 million Math in Real Life Grant is provided by the Oregon Department of Education. With the Grant, teachers find ways to immerse students in seventh through tenth grades in real projects that have personal meaning, resulting in a more personalized learning experience.

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