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Monday September 26, 2016 at 2:40pm Age: 2 yrs
Category: Middle School


What feeling does the word ratio evoke for you?


a. An exciting math concept you aced in middle school.
b. A ghastly anxiety-trigger
c. Colorful, yummy M&M’s


Sixth-grade Gold Team students in Mrs. Browning’s math class pick “c”, for now, and are well on their way to “a”.


When they were first introduced to ratios, some students struggled to grasp the concept. That was when Mrs. Browning decided to use M&M’s as a relatable--and edible—picture of how much of one thing there is compared to another. Using their own individual M&M bags, students ate their way to working out real-life problems, with each student’s loot yielding different results.


“Hands on and food makes for promising results for any topic,” said Mrs. Browning in good humor.


The spike in the students’ confidence ratio lead to a teacher-student role reversal during the lesson. Mrs. Browning took student seats as they, one at a time, volunteered to stand in front of the class and challenge their peers with their own ratio problems.


“The best way to learn something is to teach it, I tell my students,” Mrs. Browning said. “Their homework assignment was to go home and teach ratios to their family members right at the dinner table using peas, carrots and such.”  


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