Project-Based Learning in the Math Classroom explains how to keep inquiry at the heart of mathematics teaching and helps teachers build students' abilities to be true mathematicians. This book outlines basic teaching strategies, such as questioning and exploration of concepts. It also provides advanced strategies for teachers who are already implementing inquiry-based methods. Project-Based Learning in the Math Classroom includes practical advice about strategies the authors have used in their own classrooms, and each chapter features strategies that can be implemented immediately. Teaching in a project-based environment means using great teaching practices. The authors impart strategies that assist teachers in planning standards-based lessons, encouraging wonder and curiosity, providing a safe environment where failure occurs, and giving students opportunities for revision and reflection.
Table of Contents
Introduction SECTION I Understanding Project-Based Learning in a Math Classroom Chapter 1 PBL Is Modeling Mathematics Chapter 2 Experiencing PBL: A Professional Learning Simulation Section II Designing Inquiry-Based Tasks and PBL Units Chapter 3 Creating an Inquiry-Based Task or PBL Unit Chapter 4 Key Teaching Strategies for PBL Chapter 5 Utilizing the Power of People Section III Inquiry-Based Tasks and PBL Unit Examples Chapter 6 Complete PBL Unit Example Chapter 7 Inquiry-Based Task Examples Chapter 8 PBL Unit Examples References Appendix Experiencing PBL Handouts Complete PBL Unit Example Handouts About the Authors
Chris Fancher is a Middle Years Programme (MYP) design teacher at a public International Baccalaureate (IB) charter school in Round Rock, TX. He has taught every course, from prealgebra to calculus, in more than 20 years of public education.
Telannia Norfar is a mathematics teacher at a public high school in Oklahoma City, OK. She has taught all high school courses including AP Calculus AB for nearly 15 years. As a former journalist and account manager, Telannia found project-based learning a viable method for teaching worthy mathematical concepts.