Dare to Compare

  • Dare to Compare

    Darin Beigie
    Analyzing school cafeteria pizza, comparing the speeds of Usain Bolt and a cheetah, and pricing water versus gasoline were just a few of the unit rate and product comparisons that students investigated with enthusiasm.
    A recent trend in school mathematics has been to launch student inquiry with real-world contexts that capture student interest and intrigue (Meyer 2011, 2012; Kane 2015). Often these starting points harness the immediacy and power of the Internet to provide strong visuals and timely relevance. The goal of the resulting student inquiry is to foster conceptual and procedural understanding with authentic real-world applications, where the mathematics becomes a tool to enhance how students comprehend the world around them.