Diet, Ratios, Proportions: A Healthy Mix

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  • 1 Teaches mathematics education courses to in-service teachers at the University of Texas, , Brownsville, TX 78520.
  • | 2 Teaches seventh-grade mathematics at Olivera Middle School in Brownsville, , TX 78520.

Mathematics teachers are frequently confronted by students who enter their classrooms asking, “Are we going to do anything fun today?” or “Do we have to do work?” These questions seem to imply that mathematics classes are dull and routine. Motivating students to want to participate actively in a mathematics lesson can be a daunting task at times. One way to increase through a problem-based activity that focuses on the importance of health issues and establishes a connection between health and mathematics (Telese 1998).


JAMES TELESE interested in teaching mathematics using real-world contexts and classroom assessment.

JESSE ABETE interested in strategies for motivating students.

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