Rigor, Relevance, and
Relationships , edited by Enrique Galindo and Jean Lee, supplies
teachers with a challenging and rewarding new way to deeply engage their
students in secondary mathematics. In project-based learning (PBL), students
investigate and solve real-world issues through mathematics. This book
describes the nuts and bolts of designing an effective PBL unit, outlines how
this method can help prepare students for future challenges in life and
learning, and showcases a number of classroom-tested examples of PBL lessons.
Each unit provided here kicks off with an Entry Event (a
letter, video, or presentation of a real-life problem) followed by a Driving
Question, an open-ended challenge that students explore together. Mathematics
instruction is integrated throughout their investigation. All of these lessons
work to support the three pillars of project-based learning:
teach students the rigorous mathematics necessary for college and career
readiness. These units address the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics—in
particular its Standards for Mathematical Practice—and serve to develop the
21st-century skills that students will need.
work on mathematics projects situated in the real world, students discover
connections to their own lives and communities. Units in this book include ones
on buying a car, building a solar cooker, modeling quarterback performance in
the Super Bowl, and more. Students immersed in PBL-taught classes have higher
levels of engagement and emerge with more useful content knowledge.
promotes collaborative learning. To complete these projects, students work in
close cooperation with their peers, and they develop positive relationships
with their teachers, parents, and other members of their communities.
teachers on their journey to implementing project-based learning in their own
classrooms, this book includes planning forms and project calendars, real
examples of student work, teaching rubrics, and reflections and tips from
educators experienced in the PBL method. Classroom-ready forms are available to
download and print at NCTM’s More4U website.
students are engaged in both the process and the content of their learning,
their educational experience is more enjoyable, effective, and lasting.
Incorporating these project-based lessons into instruction increases engagement
for students, teachers, and the entire learning community.
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