Inquiry Based Learning in Secondary Mathematics Education

Does the way we currently present mathematics in our classrooms ignore real-life variables when solving problems? Does it encourage natural curiosity from our students? In this practice-based course, you will reflect on some drawbacks to the current way mathematics is taught to secondary students and explore alternative approaches in the form of inquiry-based or problems-based learning. You will observe, plan, and create lessons that implement problems-based instruction with the goal of presenting novel mathematical problems and using student-led thinking to generate understanding.

In this course, you will:

  • Consider the limitations and advantages of how mathematics are traditionally taught in school,
  • Conduct clinical interviews using mathematical story problems and reflect on the “sense-making” process,
  • Enact changes to your instructional practices to offer mathematical problems that elicit a deeper understanding from students,
  • Practice responding to student work or answers in a way that allows them agency to advance in content and keeps them engaged, and
  • Design your own problems-based lesson plan to use with your mathematics students.

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Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.