Kelly L. Hawkins

To address the achievement gap in their school, Ms. Hawkins and Ms. Wise implement a program to make mathematics more meaningful to students. Career role models visit the school and discuss the function of mathematics in their jobs. Students participate in interactive field trips to experience mathematics in the real world: they solve problems for local business vendors, work with a sports statistician, analyze the mathematical aspects of constructing a new building, and engage in mathematics and science explorations at an amusement park. Students keep a journal of their experiences to summarize learning, reflect on careers, and complete all field trip activities.