Category Archives: PBL

The case for disorder in the classroom

I’m going to go ahead and say it. I think there needs to be more disorder in our classrooms. By disorder, I don’t mean kids throwing chairs and running amok. Instead, I’m thinking about those instances when teachers give students … Continue reading

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#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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Example analysis from DeltaMath

With so much problem-based learning happening this year, I’ve been mixing in plenty of algebra by example-esque problems. They work really well because they get kids to analyze math work on their own and then use it to solve a similar … Continue reading

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My midyear report card

So my midyear report card results are in. As always, they’re a mixed bag. Here are a few comments directly from the kiddos. First, the good: I like the amount of time we have to explore math in the class. … Continue reading

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