Posted Date: 02/01/2018
COPPERAS COVE, TX (January 17, 2018)—Teachers, especially at the junior high and high school levels, are encouraged to think outside the box to keep their lessons interesting and their students engaged. But, Copperas Cove Junior High math teacher Kerry Cryer is not only outside the box, she is off the wall.
Cryer brainstormed a way to bring math out of the classroom and into the halls as students began their unit on parallel lines and transversals on paper and from a book as usual. But, then the lesson took an entirely different direction as pre-Algebra students were taken into the hallways and cafeteria on an angle search to find the angles on several different yarn parallel line configurations.
CCJHS student Jamesia Moody enjoyed the unconventional assignment.
“It was very fun and very challenging,” Moody said. “It was nice to get out of class for a change and overall it was a very fun learning experience.”
Cryer lined the hall with several configurations as well as the doors, windows, and some tables in the cafeteria. Most of the configurations were at eye level and one was even wrapped around a corner. Students crowded together to discuss how to get the correct angle using transversals and solving equations.
Student Phoenix Wail relished the interaction.
“Walking around doing the angle problems was very fun compared to sitting at your desk solving the angle problems or question,” Wail said.
An activity like this helps the students to approach math differently and in a way that is enjoyable while staying on task, Cryer said.
“All 8th graders really got involved and stayed focused for the entire 67 minutes of class,” Cryer said. “The objective of the day was for students to be able to identify missing angles of transversals and work together to solve problems using Geometry concepts that were introduced our first week back from the break. They were able to interact with other students that are not normally in their math class, which made learning a little more fun.”