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Problem-based learning speaks to
many of the practice standards and recommended teaching practices, but is not
as easy as it sounds. Schettino’s second posting looks at teachers’ need
Problem-based learning speaks to many of the practice standards and recommended teaching practices, but it is not as easy as it sounds.
can be engaging, affirming, and even fun! These quizzes are collaborative (group work),
formative (identifies what still needs work), or full information (students
have complete prior knowledge of the questions). These quizzes can boost
self-confidence, reward persistence, and encourage a growth mindset.
Do you spend too much time gathering,
entering, and sharing homework grades? Would you like an easy way to see which
homework problems were confusing to your students and gather their questions? My
solution? Google forms!
you drop a cannonball into a deep cavern and hear a splash 6 seconds later, how
deep is the cavern? If you’re looking for a fun change of pace from your
textbook, challenge your class to outwit the Queen’s chief advisors and
help the young mathematician win the Queen’s Reward.
I teach math, and I give my students worksheets. In a way,
it feels like confessing a sin to say it. Modern edu-culture frowns on the
worksheet for its inability to engage students and its inauthentic,
out-of-context existence. And yet, teachers I know give their students
worksheets. Why? I point to three reasons.
Toolbelt Theory and SAMR, two of the
foundational ideas for my district’s Educational Technology Plan, will guide
the integration of technology into our schools over the course of the next few
years. I have worked on developing both concepts in a tangible way in my
The study of volumes in calculus is ripe with potential for students to find joy
and inspiration in a math setting through building and hands-on learning. Here
are a couple of the ways I have created fun opportunities for students to
apply calculus during our study of volumes over the years.
By Tim Hickey, posted May 23, 2016 — Cutting wood with a band saw is just
plain fun. I have not found a trigonometry student yet who disagrees. This is
one of the reasons that I have built the Trigonometry Miniature Golf project
into my Trigonometry curriculum.
By Tim Hickey, posted May 9,
2016 — Find the radius of a right circular cylinder with a volume
of 100 cubic milliliters and a minimum surface area. Bored yet? I’ll bet many
of my students were not terribly inspired by this problem during my first year
of teaching calculus. For a math purist, the problem is interesting enough. But for teenagers trying to figure out why they
are learning applications of derivatives, the problem is lacking.
By Kasi Allen, posted March 28, 2016 — Creativity requires risk