As I continue to work with middle and high school math teachers regarding the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, one of the most difficult concepts for many to grasp is “how” to use the flipped classroom design or structure lessons that are inquiry-based, project-based, or problem-based.
As I have said before, very few teachers in the classroom today have experienced inquiry-based mathematics instruction — not as students, not as prospective teachers, and not as classroom teachers. Teachers have said to me, “I want to do this, but I don’t know how. If someone can just show me how, then I will do it.”
Today, I had the opportunity to work with Cheryl Rhea, an exceptional math teacher from Hickory High School, who shared these two videos on inquiry-based math instruction she found on the Teaching Channel. I think they provide a good source to start some initial conversations about how math instruction needs to look and about how we get from where we are now to where we need to go.
Using Stations to Explore Algebra Expressions
How Many Peas Fill the Classroom
(Modified from Donna Murray’s Blog: Explore the Possibilities.)
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Looking for ways to incorporate real world experiences into middle and high school math classes?
Get The Math provides algebra-based real-world challenges for middle and high school students. The challenges focus on fashion, videogame design, and music production. Students are provided with an interactive problem to solve. By watching video segments where professionals encounter algebraic problems, students become engaged and use interactive tools within the website to try and solve problems themselves. Students then return to the video to see the professional team’s solution.
This site includes lesson plans and related resources for teachers as well.
Watch this short video to see how you can use Get The Math to support algebra instruction in your classroom. http://www.thirteen.org/get-the-math/teachers/overview-of-the-lessons/26/
Currently, we are in K-5 math alignment for one week. It has been amazing to see how many of the teachers in our district are so excited about sharing dieas, resources, and materials with their counterparts around the district. The crucial conversations have been outstanding, and the level of professionalism has been just amazing. I wish my middle and high school folks could come and share with our middle school teachers. The research base for this process really makes it a powerful experience for teachers. What a great way to end the school year!