“When am I ever going to use this?” Most anyone teaching mathematics has been asked this question. Often students struggle to relate mathematics to their daily lives. While investigating applications of math is most critical to making content relevant, identifying appropriate ways to do so can be a challenge. Providing opportunities for students to see how math relates to their daily lives is essential to keeping students motivated to learn and to be engaged in math.
If you speak with Mike Sokolson or Mike Peral, you may hear them saying, "Dobra yeootra" (Good morning) in Russian. Or, you may hear Julian Cunha asking, (Teacher, how are you today? in Japanese). The North Arlington High School Virtual High School Program has been very active again this year. Over the course of the last several years, students have been able to take elective courses on-line in a myriad of areas that greatly expand the students’ elective choices.