When teachers connect math to the students' world, students see how math is relevant and applicable to their daily lives. These real-world connections are also great ways to integrate math with other disciplines to create cross-curricular connections, fostering Mathematical Flexibility and supporting Motivation by helping students see the relevance of all they are studying. For this strategy to be most effective, is it important to think about the relevance of the real-world context to the students' individual and cultural contexts so that the connections are truly "real-world" for the students.

Hear how one teacher connects an eighth-grade Common Core standard to the real lives of his eighth grade students -- with candy and money! By seeing tangible examples of the concepts behind Algebraic Thinking and Proportional Reasoning, students can develop a deeper understanding of equations.

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Learn how eSpark Learning provides videos that include real-world word problems. This specific example focuses on solving word problems relating to money, which allows students to practice calculating Operations with real money.