I work with sixth graders in a school where fifty-seven percent of students receive free or reduced price lunch. In my classroom (four classes), seventy percent of my students are a part of this group. My students come from diverse backgrounds and no matter this background, it is important my students can open their minds to multiple pathways of learning math!
I use the Rubik's Cube in my classroom to help students understand the multiple pathways and to persevere through solving problems.
Discovering, learning and solving the Rubik's Cube gives students a unique view of math and the true depth of the subject.
My class uses the "You Can Do the Rubik's Cube" program to learn about solving the cube. The discovery learning of the Rubik's Cube increases self-efficacy in math, which is something so many students need support in.
I chose many different cubes to engage all personalities and levels of students.
A student can start with a simple cube, such as the 2 x 2, or a more complex such as the "Void Cube" (which has no middle). With this much variety, there is bound to be a cube that engages even the reluctant learner. These cubes will help my students learn there are different pathways in math and most of all perseverance in action! My goal is that this engagement in math will carry over into other areas in the math classroom and instill a curiosity of learning.
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