“Modeling is application…that’s what mathematics is about. It’s not being able to compute without any understanding.” —Nancy Butler Wolf
Mathematical modeling is a hot topic in education, with many schools and teachers looking for resources and strategies to help incorporate modeling into their instruction. But what exactly is modeling? And how can you fit it into your already busy schedule?
In her new book, Modeling with Mathematics, Nancy Butler Wolf provides clear, friendly guidance for teachers to use authentic modeling projects in their classrooms. She provides detailed examples and hands-on activities that support students in developing key problem-solving skills and becoming engaged mathematicians.
Watch Nancy talk about how modeling helps students develop deep understanding by applying basic skills to real life.
Interested in learning more about mathematical modeling? Watch Nancy’s previous video on why modeling works and stay tuned to the Heinemann blog for more from Nancy over the next few weeks. You can also click here for a sneak preview of her book.
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Nancy Butler Wolf is a national math consultant and curriculum developer who has served as a member of NCTM’s Illuminations Writing Group. She has over 30 years of classroom teaching experience and has presented at various conferences on mathematical modeling and algebraic reasoning. Follow her on Twitter @drnanbut.