Developing Our MathMINDs was a series of conversations and resources about math that is intended to be a journey of growth with families over several weeks. Each week, MIND's Lead Mathematician and Product Director Brandon Smith and Content Development Manager Nina Wu talked about the adjustments families made to learning at home during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the opportunities that situation provided for changing our relationship with math.
Each week, both the video conversations and resource links will be posted here on the MIND Blog, as well as on our YouTube page.
In week five, Nina and Brandon discuss making math a more active learning activity, and leveraging the connection between the mind and the body.
To bring this week's discussion into the real world, Nina filmed some examples of ways to bring math and movement together:
Ways to Embody a Math Problem:
You can also download even more more examples of math and movement activities right here!
To summarize, here are some general ways that you can bring movement and physicality into any math activity:
Draw a picture or model
Use your hands - gestures, fingers, move imaginary things in space
Act out a situation
Use your body to demonstrate a concept
Take a brain break with a 10 min walk
We Want to Hear From You!
We look forward to embarking on this mathematical journey together with families, and we want to hear about your challenges, successes, questions, and experiences along the way! This is new for everyone, so let's keep sharing and supporting each other.
What are some other ways that we can bring math and movement together?
To reply, you can either comment on the blog below, head over to our Facebook group, or comment on YouTube. Make sure to provide a link to your own video if you create one!
For more information and resources that expand on this week's discussions, check out the links below.
Brian LeTendre was the Director of Impact Advancement at MIND Research Institute. In addition to building thought leadership and brand awareness for MIND, Brian worked cross-functionally internally and externally to amplify MIND's social impact and accelerate our mission. He is an author, podcaster and avid gamer.