Problem-Based Learning in Mathematics

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Introduction:

Welcome to Problem-Based Learning in Mathematics! In this course, you will explore the ins and outs of problem-based learning in the math classroom and, hopefully, become inspired to design a lesson of your own.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the features of problem-based lessons and describe how these lessons benefit student learning.
2. Derive strategies to overcome potential challenges associated with problem-based learning environments.
3. Evaluate problem-based lessons and choose various aspects from each that suit your classroom culture and teaching styles.
4. Given a bank of challenging, age-appropriate problems, design problem-based lessons that fit into your curriculum.
5. Develop appropriate and effective formative and summative assessments for problem-based learning lessons.

Lesson #1: Features of Problem-Based Learning

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Objectives: Participants will...

  • Define problem-based learning and identify its features.
  • Describe the impact of problem-based learning on student achievement.
  • Identify potential challenges associated with problem-based learning.
  • Explore strategies to overcome challenges.

Lesson #2: Implementation Strategies

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Objectives: Participants will...

  • Identify the steps necessary to foster an effective problem-based learning environment.
  • Describe the stages of a problem-based lesson.
  • Evaluate problem-based lessons.
  • Choose various aspects from sample lessons that suit their classroom culture and teaching styles.

Lesson #3: Assessments & Feedback

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Objective: Participants will...

  • Describe appropriate and effective formative and summative assessment strategies for problem-based learning lessons.