Exchanges in Action

An elementary teacher in Mississippi, who incorporates cross-cultural learning in math and science subjects, connected with a high school math class in Mexico to engage in a unique exchange.  The 4th-6th grade mixed class in Mississippi are English to native Spanish speaking students who practice language, science and math principles using problem solving techniques.  Together, these 2 groups explored mathematical concepts, while students discussed how to approach Math as real-life problems both in and out of the classroom.  The teachers and students decided the topics they would like to discuss:

  • REFLECTING ON WHAT WE LEARNED IN THIS INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE
  • RESPONSE TO VIDEO QUESTIONS
  • FUN FACTS ABOUT MATH
  • COMPARING MATH : HIGH SCHOOL TO 5TH & 6TH GRADE
  • SOLVING PROBLEMS
  • MATH IN OUR DAILY LIFE

The 11th grade students from Mexico acted as mentors, developing leadership skills by answering questions from the elementary students inquiries about math concepts in real life situations.  The elementary students were also asked questions through the use of video blogging, which allowed them the opportunity to practice critical thinking, reading, writing and listening skills. The classrooms connected over a private blog and several Skype sessions to allow students the opportunity to practice their English language skills and connect. The result: student support, cross-cultural communication, deeper comprehension in math concepts, problem-solving, English Language Arts and cultural world-view.

Check out some of the students conversations:

11th Grade students give 4th-6th grade students support in learning math.

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Students discuss why math matters in real-life.