Lullaby of algebra: How mixing music and math helps engage students

■ By Carolyn Jones / EDSOURCE Jami Jorgensen is the human jukebox of quadratic equations. “Anything that’s an algorithm, I have a song for it,” said the energetic middle-school math teacher in Hayward Unified, in the east Bay Area. “I must have 100 songs. At least.” Jorgensen, who teaches 7th– and 8th–grade math, leads her students in ditties, chants and dance moves to help them remember basic formulas in algebra and geometry. A lesson on monomial exponent rules becomes: “You thought we were done Having fun, But if your exponent is zero, Your base simplifies to one.” Jorgensen said that weaving music into math lessons has boosted her students’ test scores,

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