Monthly Archives: March 2011

Real-world math workshops at Arizona State University

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Real-world math workshops at ASU

In a March 23 workshop for K-12 teachers sponsored by Arizona State University Math and Science Programs, Frank engaged teachers in a rich dialogue related to how to effectively teach the ratio and rate concepts identified in the Common Core Standards. The group used five real-world math contexts (gasoline cost, vanilla pudding recipe, dish detergent prices, world’s fastest runners, and Frosted Mini-Wheats nutrition content) to investigate the mathematical concepts. Additionally, participants reviewed activities from the Make It Real Learning Fractions, Percents, and Decimals II workbook. The final workshop in the four-workshop series will take place on April 6, 2011.

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TeamUP Presentation

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Free iPod activity!

Make It Real Learning activity developer and award-winning author, Frank Wilson, will be part of an all-star lineup of authors and educators at the Cengage Learning TeamUP Faculty Programs Mathematics Conference in Chicago on March 4, 2011. Wilson’s general session, entitled Captivating Contexts for College Algebra, will feature intriguing real-world contexts that interest and engage students in learning. By creating mathematical models for real-world situations, students learn more than math: they learn about the world in which they live. Participants will receive an activities packet featuring fascinating contexts ranging from the Nintendo Wii to the Apple iPod. A copy of the presentation and packet may be freely downloaded.

Journal article published

The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) publishes the journal MathAMATYC Educator. The February 2011 issue features an article entitled When Am I Ever Going to Use This? Creating Mathematical Models authored by our lead activity developer Frank Wilson. The activity featured in the article shows how linear and quadratic functions can be used to model Apple iPod storage capacity and price data. Real world math modeling is a focus of our authoring activities. Whether in Wilson’s seven award-winning textbooks, his entertaining picture book Measure Up! A Bug Contest, or our Make It Real Learning Activity Library, Wilson helps others discover how to do real world math. “I want everyone to be able to see the world through a mathematical lens,” Wilson said. “If people can see how to use math in making real world decisions, they will be empowered to make better decisions. It is my personal mission to empower people with real world mathematics.”

Worldwide appeal!

Teachers the world over are looking for high quality real-world math activities. Since opening our doors, we’ve provided real-world math materials to great people in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • Canada
  • China
  • Germany
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Qatar
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Taiwan
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom (Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain)
  • United States

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Who is Make It Real Learning?

Make It Real Learning Company creates interesting and engaging, real world math activities that answer the question, “When am I ever going to use this?” Reviewers around the world have praised the activities as fun, appealing, professional, interesting, and real life. Written by award-winning textbook author and college math professor Frank Wilson, the activities engage learners with intriguing contexts such as baking cookies, playing dice games, and choosing a cell phone plan. After working one activity with her son, a reviewer wrote, “We have never had so much fun doing math.” Read more reviews at

Real World Math Article Featured in NCTM Mathematics Teacher

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is known for its proactive approach to addressing math education issues. The NCTM Mathematics Teacher journal promotes best practices in mathematics teaching. In the March 2011 issue, Frank Wilson (author of the Make It Real Learning Activity Library) will be featured. His article Inverse Functions: What Our Teachers Didn’t Tell Us provides an innovative strategy for teaching the concept of inverse functions to algebra students. By focusing on real world math and a sense-making approach, Wilson illustrates how the inverse function concept may be better taught and more easily understood by students.

We’ll post a link to the article when it’s available.

Arizona State University Partners with Make It Real Learning

The Math and Science Program in the Office of Youth Preparation at Arizona State University (ASU) has partnered with Make It Real Learning in providing a series of four professional development workshops beginning on February 23, 2011. Award-winning author and educator, Frank Wilson, will facilitate the workshops. Teachers who participate in all four workshops will receive the Make It Real Learning Activity Library and a certificate documenting 6 hours of professional development.  For the convenience of teachers, the workshops will be offered simultaneously in-person and as a webinar. Real world math activities from the Make It Real Learning Activity Library will be featured in each workshop. To learn more, visit the ASU Office of Youth Preparation website.