PBL v2

So my yearlong experiment with problem-based learning has concluded. After attending Exeter Math Institute last summer, I decided to overthrow my units and use problems as the foundation of how my kids learned each day. Throughout the course of the year, week by week I wrote a bunch of original problems, edited others that I … Continue reading “PBL v2”

Student as author and critic of mathematics

I’m hoping to improve my students’ journal writing experiences this year. After learning about problem-based journal writing from the work of Joseph Mellor and Carmel Schettino, last year I created/stole a fancy handout, rubric, and told the kids to go write. I was hopeful for more, but the kids ended up only writing one journal entry. This … Continue reading “Student as author and critic of mathematics”

#blackbrillance + social justice + problem-based learning

One of my summer reads has been The Brilliance of Black Children in Mathematics by Jacqueline Leonard and Danny B. Martin (inspired by Annie Perkins). I’m almost three-quarters of the way through it. It is rather dense because it’s packed with research, but I’ve been enjoying it. Chapter 6 has stood out. It focused on the … Continue reading “#blackbrillance + social justice + problem-based learning”

End of the 2017-18 school year

Another school year in the books. As with each passing year, a lot happened in 2017-18. Bullet points seem appropriate. First and foremost, my adventures with problem-based learning took up most of my mental real estate. That journey deserved its own post. This was truly the year of the whiteboard. I had 12 of them … Continue reading “End of the 2017-18 school year”