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.