Lori Hamada, the Executive Director of the AIMS Center for Math & Science Education, joins me in the studio this week to flesh out her recent talk on Productive Struggle. We explore a little the four different perspectives of: Teacher, Student, Administrator, and Parent when it comes to this topic. We end with some descriptions of how teachers can access tasks that enhance or provide opportunity for students to productively struggle in their classroom.
Learning by teaching, Edgar Dale was an American educationist who developed the Cone of Experience, which is a conical display of what brain research shows. We remember 10% of what we hear, 10-15% of what we see, 15-20% of what we both see and hear, and 20-40% of what we discuss. We remember 40-80%… Continue Reading
I have often heard from teachers the following, “My students can do the problems with counters, but when I take the counters away, they can’t do the problems anymore.” I have seen many math textbooks that introduce addition equations with counters in early grades and after a few times using the counters, the students are… Continue Reading
“Listen to your students.” That was the crux of the message that I heard from Dr. Les Steffe during his 2-day visit at the AIMS Center. The context was mathematical, though I am sure the message can be applied more broadly. Dr. Steffe has spent the last 50 years as a Math Education Researcher at… Continue Reading
My work with the AIMS team began last month after 20 years in public education, first as an elementary teacher and later as a mathematics coach. I have spent a lot of hours in TK-12 classrooms, walking alongside teachers as they explored ways to make their classrooms places where authentic mathematics learning could happen. In… Continue Reading
So here we are, at the time I write this we have “dropped” (made public) 10 individual podcast sessions. These have come from a wide variety of perspectives and a span of preferences. Don’t be fooled though, while we have dropped these ten, we have almost ten more “in the can” (recorded and nearing their… Continue Reading
Dr. Les Steffe joins us in studio for our longest podcast yet. From his earliest days as a High School Mathematics teacher, Dr. Steffe has focused on what it means to know math. With a research career that spans six decades of consistent investigation into the mathematics of children, Dr. Steffe encourages us all to, “Listen to the student.” and through this join them in the learning process.
My mathematics mentor, Dr. Dave Youngs, used to ask that very question. I think the question implied, was I a recreational mathematician? Was I on a journey of playing with mathematics for life? Yes, I am a lifelong mathematics learner. When I am facilitating workshops, I ask classroom teachers if they do recreational mathematics or… Continue Reading
“What’s wrong with the way I learned math?” Seriously, we all made it through school, a few of us even did well, and some even liked math. So, what’s wrong with the way math has been taught for years? The Common Core Standards have focused national attention again on math education. But the truth is… Continue Reading
A week or so ago I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Les Steffe, whose research we have been learning from. As he was speaking, he made a statement that I think we notice, but often as an educational system, we tend to ignore. He said, “You can’t teach math.” Now, what did he mean… Continue Reading