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freshman biology teacher and Biomedical Sciences teacher

This is the future of

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This is the future of education. The flipped cl;assroom works great for teachers and students. It seems as if we have had the whole classroom thing backwards for years. Homework in class allows the teacher to be hands on project based allows students to have hands on experience. The retention and higher level thinking skills are developing at an astounding rate in classrooms like this.

Learning Specialist: Technology for Stratford Hall

I have used PBL in my own

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I have used PBL in my own classroom, at least a couple of times, and I see some of the same benefits that Jason has noted.

I needed a new cell phone plan as I had just moved back to Vancouver from Bangkok. I told my students this and asked their opinion. They told me their opinions right off the start, and I pointed out that in order to accept their opinion on the best cell phone plan, I would need some evidence, specifically, mathematical evidence.

We then spent the next six weeks working on the project, and as students progressed through it, I taught them mini-lessons (10 - 15 minutes or so) on skills that would help them accomplish their goal. During the unit, the embedded lessons were on slopes of lines, graphing lines, finding the equations of lines from cell-phone data, researching cell-phone plans, solving equations, piece-wise functions, etc...

I circulated around the classroom and when students needed support on any of these skills, I offered it. If they didn't need support and were managing well, then I let them work in their small groups independently.

More math apps

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I'm also agree about these new methods to teach maths, but I've read about another one that could be very effective in math classes. FluidMath is an innovative educational app for iPad. If you want more information I think is better to see the video:
http://en.apple.ididactic.com/ipad-apuntes-mates-calculadora-x-fluidmath/
There are the free and paid version.

Here is a link to our

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Here is a link to our Regional Service Center. Many of these projects were written by me almost 6 years ago and were before I started getting into PBL but they aren't bad to get started: http://www.transformation2013.org/project-based-learning-units/geometry/

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I agree with your blog post. And also Chris Fancher, you make a good point about math teachers needing collaboration with other teachers/administrators. I always want to do more projects with my students than what I do, because I don't have the ideas or the time to create relevant projects.

What project ideas does anyone have for any topic in high school Geometry?

Independent Research and Evaluation Professional

Agreeing with Chris

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I agree wholeheartedly. All teachers and especially math teachers need the kind of support you described and the opportunity to develop their skills amongst colleagues. Hopefully it was clear in the blog that the WV teachers received considerable professional development within the context of a large systemic initiative. The PD they received was coordinated with BIE (http://www.bie.org) -- source of much help for teachers who want to investigate this approach.

What's compelling and why I wanted to share these findings is that teachers in WV (a P21 state) were not teaching 21st century skills nearly as much as the PBL math teachers. Although we could imagine teachers having students collaborate, creating, communicating, using technology, thinking critically (etc.) without PBL, the data suggests PBL is a very good way to get this happening.

It can be challenging to address 21st century competencies in a traditional classroom. It definitely makes sense to start small with PBL and build both teacher and student skills gradually, but for those who embrace this challenge PBL is certainly an approach to consider. What other ideas do you have?

I worry that there are going

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I worry that there are going to be math teachers who will say that they are going to use PBL because they think their students will perform better, BUT, they won't have the training or support in perfecting their skills in facilitating a PBL classroom. PBL can not and should not be done in a vacuum. PBL teachers (and especially math teachers) need other teachers to brainstorm with and they need administrators who understand what a PBL classroom looks like, to truly be successful.
Also, math teachers should not feel like failures when their projects do not meet the level of expectations they had hoped for. Sometimes a problem-based approach might work better for certain teachers and certain classrooms.
If you are considering using PBL, do your research. Ask questions. Get trained. And ask for others to help you. Once you stick with it, and learn from your failures, your students WILL benefit from learning in a PBL environment. They will be successful.

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