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Hooking kids in. (creating a thirst for maths problem solving)

Started by Catriona Pene 12 Feb 2014 10:30am () Replies (2)

I have been watching Dan Meyer's videos for engaging students in Real Life mathematical problem solving.

Dan admits he spent 6 years teaching maths to students who hated math and has set out to film maths problems in real life settings to hook in maths students.

I love the way he takes all the detail out of the problems and makes the video ask the student the question instead of overloading the student with large quantities of text.

What do you think of his video? Doesn't his presentation style make you want to find out the answer to the maths problem?

How could you use this in your primary maths classroom?


  • Vanitha Govini (View all users posts) 12 Feb 2014 11:29am ()

    Kia ora Catriona, Engaging students in to problem solving is an integral part of Mathematics teaching and learning. Students are engaged when the problems are real and relevant.

    I have used this clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhbDVk6mKhg as an inspiration to bring real life in to Maths classrooms through the use technology. One example is taking pictures in real life and encouraging students or teachers to create relevant problems. Students enjoy and learn more by creating problems!

    Here is a presentation from last year.  http://bit.ly/NzSg6a

    Look forward to reading / listening / watching more ideas! 

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