Thursday, May 13, 2010

Watch This Now - Math Class Needs a Makeover

Dan Meyer is a math teacher and blogger that I've been following for a couple of years. In March Mr. Meyer gave a talk at TEDxNYED in which he explained why math instruction needs a makeover. Today, that talk was featured on the TED blog. Even if you're not a mathematics teacher, you should take twelve minutes to watch this video today and share it with every teacher you know. The ideas that Dan Meyer presents in his talk apply to more than just mathematics instruction. He talks about the need for giving students problems that make them really stop and think. Mr. Meyer also stresses the need for teachers to be patient problem solvers. Watch the talk now and find out why most mathematics books are the equivalent of watching Two and a Half Men.

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