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STEAM & Problem Based Learning in Mathematics. Shelby Aaberg , Scottsbluff High School NAG Annual Conference February 21, 2014. Email: saaberg@sbps.net Blog: http://mathleticism.net Twitter: @ ShelbyAaberg. Agenda. 1:10 – 1:15 Do Now 1:15 – 1:17Objectives 1:17 – 1:25Resources

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## STEAM & Problem Based Learning in Mathematics

Shelby Aaberg, Scottsbluff High School

NAG Annual Conference

February 21, 2014

Email: saaberg@sbps.net

Blog: http://mathleticism.net

### Agenda

1:10 – 1:15 Do Now

1:15 – 1:17Objectives

1:17 – 1:25Resources

1:25 – 1:32Classroom Culture

1:32 - 1:48MTPS Examples

1:48 – 1:54101 Questions

1:54Closure

### Do Now

• Imagine you are a student in a music class.

• Turn to a colleague close by.

• Summarize in two or three sentences what you would hope to learn in the music class.

• Lockhart’s Lament

### Objectives

• Discuss how to establish a culture of cooperation & process in math class.

• Craft our own definition of low threshold, high ceiling tasks by comparing examples.

• Practice the process of formulating questions.

### Top 3 Resources for Elementary School Students

http://www.alice.org/index.php

### Top 4 Resources for Middle School Students

http://mathcounts.org/

http://www.geogebra.org

http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Edutainment/ftwcs3/index.php

FOR THE WIN

http://www.estimation180.com/

### Top 3 Resources for High School Students

http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/liz/Alcumus/index.php

http://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-1012

http://www.101qs.com/

101 Questions

### Classroom Culture:Flawed Beliefs About Math

• The learning sequence in math is linear.

• The rate of learning math is linear.

• Since math is sequential, if topic C depends on A and B, we cannot possibly address C until we address A and B first.

### Transferring Mathematical Authority

Always Never

“We” “I”

Students won’t be paid to solve problems with answers in the back of a book.

We must prepare our students for jobs that do not yet exist.

One can never bench 300 lbs. by only lifting 100 lbs. Problems prove their worth by hitting back!

### MTPS Examples

Classroom Seating Problem

Oil Storage Tank Problem

Mailbox Problem

Broken Pipe Problem

What could music class look like in 10 years? 20 years? 30 years?

### Recap & Closure

• Discuss how to establish a culture of cooperation & process in math class.

• Craft our own definition of low threshold, high ceiling tasks by comparing examples.

• Practice the process of formulating questions.

THANK YOU

“Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals

Above the crowd: a little bit more.

They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.”

- A. Louis Vickery