Child, Youth, and Family Studies, Department of


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Buchheister, K. (2016). A Little Change Can Make a Big Difference. The MathMate, 37(1), 28 – 36.


The opportunity to teach mathematics through service learning projects provides a relevant and connected experience that encourages concept development and problem solving proficiency while also developing students’ feelings of generosity and altruism. In this article I describe a prior project that helped my students, many of whom struggled with mathematics, become engaged in mathematical thinking and reasoning. Additional specific connections are made toward extended projects surrounding current events, as well as state and national standards.