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STEAM & Problem Based Learning in Mathematics

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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

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

- 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

- 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.

http://www.beastacademy.com/

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

http://www.mathlearningcenter.org/bridges/grade

http://mathcounts.org/

http://www.geogebra.org

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

FOR THE WIN

http://www.estimation180.com/

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

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

http://www.101qs.com/

101 Questions

- 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.

Always Never

“We” “I”

“AN answer” “THE answer”

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!

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?

- 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