DIRECTV and Teach for America launched recently MATHx – a program featuring short, energizing talks exploring innovation, exciting trends, and achievement in math education. The first of the series was hosted at City Year partner school Santee Education Complex in April.
One of the featured speakers was 2014-15 City Year AmeriCorps member Gabe Mendoza. Gabe received his degree in Neuroscience from UCLA and starts medical school this fall.
In his MATHX talk, Gabe described how he incorporated the video game Clash of Clans into a lesson plan to help capture the attention of a struggling student at Jordan High School.
So, this is an idea worth spreading: try relating mathematical concepts to what students deem as important, as valuable, as relevant. If you take the time to learn about their interests, and inject some creativity to make a lesson out of them, students like Esteban can reach their full potential.
With Gabe's consistent support and a little creativity, his student, Esteban, raised his math grade from an “F” to a “B+.”
Watch Gabe’s 7-minute talk below: