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Penny Pyramid: Modeling Real World Math

16 May

In Dan’s blog post “Teaching With Three-Act Tasks:  Act One” Dan clearly indicates the importance of simplicity for gaining engagement and stresses the importance of using questions that will lead all students to become part of the discussion.  He states:

“Students are asked to to watch a video. Students are asked to pose a question. (But if you don’t have one, that’s okay!) Students are asked to decide if they find someone else’s question interesting. Students are asked to guess at a correct answer. Students are asked to decide what an incorrect answer would look like. No one is throwing a hand up saying, “I don’t know where to start.” I don’t know how to make it easier to start a modeling task than this”.

I located Dan Meyers blog a while ago and is the only blog that I consistently check (at least for now) to see what’s new and exciting in the world of mathematics. His blog contains lots of great materials and lesson ideas that are not only his own, but others as well.

I have organized and accumulated (by using Evernote) A LOT of different resources for teaching  that I need to dust off and start to look at with a critical eye.  I share the common interest of math (primary focus is on middle school ) with Dan but I am hoping to explore different outlets in education such as psychology and technology.

Update:

Since posting this, Dan has put up both “Teaching with Three-Act Tasks:Act Two” and “Teaching with Three-Act Tasks:Act Three

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