Dan Meyers: Three-Act Math Problem

I recently became familiar with the work of Dan Meyer during a Marian Small conference held in Kinston on September 27th, 2013. He focuses on Three Act Math Problems; an engaging way to hook students into actively participating in problem solving through exploration and a passion for learning. 

Dan Meyer is a well established and sought out mathematician who presents real life scenarios through photos and videos which in turn, makes mathematical problem solving highly engaging for students and makes students want to know what the answer is!

Check out these links below and discover how much fun problem solving can be when its presented through interesting topics which capture student interest!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRMVjHjYB6w&safe=active 

A fantastic intro lesson to Dan Meyer – Uploaded on Apr 5, 2011 Math teacher Dan Meyer explains how presenting real-life scenarios through photos and videos makes math problems “irresistible” to students.

http://www.101qs.com/top10.php

Dan Meyers TOP 10 video problems to work through with your students. Go on, try it!

NEW…..Blended Learning – K-12

Desire2Learn provides a Learning Management System (LMS) to school boards and it is a stable and secure e‐learning environment that supports 21st century teaching and learning practices across the province.

In HPEDSB, Amanda Allison is the e-learning coordinator and any teacher K-12 is welcome to contact her to acquire a login and password in order to create a class profile and access and use features such as calendar, eportfolio, newsletters, conversation and so much more!

As a learning partner, I have had training with Amanda Allison. If you are interested in learning more, please let me know and I would be happy to spend some time with you at your school to help you navigate the software. It is very easy to learn and use both for teachers and students. This is also an exciting way to strengthen the school and home connection because parents/guardians are able to access the elearning site too :)

Collaborative Inquiry – A Facilitator’s Guide

This is a guide….so lots of reading but like any book, you may pick and choose what material is relevant to you and your learning. In the Table of Contents, you will notice there is wealth of practical teaching and learning strategies to effectively implement collaborative inquiry into classroom programming. I really appreciate the various types of questions that are listed as examples to consider when developing or working through the inquiry process. I believe askign rich questions is one of the keys that will unlock the door to deeper thinking and understanding. Take what you want from this document….it is superb!

http://misalondon.ca/PDF/collabpdfs/Collaborative_Inquiry_Guide_2011.pdf

Getting Started with Student Inquiry – Capacity Building Series

This article provides teacher friendly information about the importance of integrating collaborative inquiry into classroom practise. It is a quick, easy read in which the information is divided into four categories: Focus, Share Learning, Explore, Analyze. In each of these area, supporting evidence is given with regards to student and teacher benefits. There are also a suggested list of 6 tips for getting started on a collaborative inquiry. I highly recommend this article.

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/inspire/research/CBS_StudentInquiry.pdf

Pedagogical Documention – Capacity Building Series K-2

This article is an easy read and shares exciting strategies to capture student thinking by focusing on two key questions: How can I make student thinking visible? How can I capture student voice? The information is listed with sub titles and provides practical suggestions on how and why it is essential to document our students’ learning journey.

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/inspire/research/CBS_Pedagogical.pdf

How Rich Questions Can Elevate Student Inquiry

The article discusses the importance of asking and developing rich questions. The author explains that it only takes one rich question to “ignite interest and cultivate curiosity.” There is also a concise list of six practical ways to integrate rich questions into classroom programming which everyone can benefit from. Check it out!

http://www.weinspirefutures.com/idea-bank/how-rich-questions-can-elevate-student-inquiry/