I have a confession: I haven't felt supremely confident about teaching math common core style. It feels... messy. And I'm ok with messy in a hands-on way: my concern was our messy work never matching "the answer" in the back of the book.
I'm having to rethink my preconceived notions, and it's entirely due to Dan Meyer's amazing TED talk. I love the idea of creating multimedia to intrigue students and draw them into the mathematical thinking process. Having those grand math conversations and really having them get it- isn't that the point? Deeper concept knowledge? Real world applications?
Check out this amazing website, NextVista, where students and teachers can submit educational videos. I also love that they have video contests!
PS I would sooooo love to share the multimedia and problems that I'm doing in my class... if you will share yours too! Promise?
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