Research shows the importance of building relationships with our students. During the early days of the school year, we often incorporate getting-to-know-you activities. Why not add a little math to the equation (pun intended)? A number of years ago, I came across this back-to-school math activity posted by middle school teacher Katrina at Live, Love, Teach. I loved the idea of a Me By the Numbers poster and created a template for teachers to use.
Activities like this have several benefits. First, they give us a glimpse into our students’ lives and interests–something that should always be our goal with a new class. Next, they also help students get to know each other and make connections with students who may share their interests. And finally, they help connect students to math in the real world. Oftentimes, the only math students can identify outside the classroom is homework! We want them to understand that math is interwoven into all aspects of their lives.
Consider making your own poster as part of your introduction to the students. It’s a great way to introduce the idea that you and the students are all mathematicians working together in a mathematical community.
Since we’re talking back-to-school, check out this post on back-to-school math game hacks.
Click here to grab your copy of the Me by the Numbers template. Enjoy!!