Category Archives: PBL

One graph. Ten minutes. An important conversation.

At the beginning of class I showed this to my students: They came up with lots of interesting things. There are three variables They are functions They are different colors The units are millions and years The scale for the … Continue reading

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I have trouble talking about my teaching

I have trouble talking about my teaching. Part of the reason for this is that teaching is so damn complicated. This makes it hard for me to have conversations about how my students learn — especially to teachers that I … Continue reading

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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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