New Bedford Teacher Teaches Kids Math by Using Brownies [VIDEO]
Kids are being homeschooled and teachers are getting really creative.
It's no doubt that our teachers have been working really hard to make sure their students are still getting a well-rounded education from their homes, even if that means using the power of video, social media and online video conference calls.
In this video, Mrs. Lawrence taught her fourth-grade students how brownies can represent equivalent fractions.
To start, she cut into two separate pans of brownies, each one with different slices, but in the end, the two pans still had the same amount of brownies in them, just different sized brownie pieces.
She repeated this throughout the video to show that no matter how many times you would cut into each pan (even though each pan was cut differently), the sum of each pan would always equal one – or in other words, the two pans had the same amount of brownies.
No matter how big or small each piece of brownie was cut, she taught her students to look at the bigger picture rather than the size of the brownie. When all is said and done, you still have two full pans of brownie and one happy belly.
Math has always been one of my favorite subjects, but I feel as though if there were brownies involved, I would have been more successful. It just goes to show how motivating food can be in times of boredom and social distancing.
Moral of the story? Just because your kids are stuck at home doesn't mean learning can't be fun and even delicious. Kudos to Mrs. Lawrence over at the Pulaski School for thinking outside of the box (see what I did there?) to create a great video for her students during these gloomy times. And credit to Janet Carreiro for the great filming and editing.
Now, excuse me while I go search for some brownie batter to bake. This video got me all kinds of hungry.