Talk:Problematic Mathematics: PBL designed for the math classroom

instructor comments on your draft units -- Jz833665 11:39, 30 April 2011 (EDT)

The units you've drafted look very well designed. Good work.

A few suggestions/comments:

  • Your Youtube video in unit 1: If this is a long video presentation, you may specify what episode you want the participants to specifically focus on, and even provide some guiding questions before they watch.
  • Your unit 1 could be more specific about what PBL looks like in math by providing some live classroom examples.
  • Your unit 2: You may think about moving the analysis of examples to the beginning so the participants will first do some analysis before they read the "rules"

Feedback on Wikipage -- Steph Conklin 15:22, 30 April 2011 (EDT)

Learning outcomes: I found your outcomes to be clear and straightfoward. I felt like after I reviewed your work, I was able to ask myself (and answer affirmatively) that I had learned what your objectives had expressed. Content-goal consistency: I found the content of both math and PBL to be in each and every part where I hope and expected them to be. One suggestions, the website "Hexagons, Hexagons" is that meant to be an example of PBL in geometry or just one example of how we can set-up a classroom activity. I like how you also included the video clip in that section to see PBL in action.

Instructional sequencing: I felt as though the key topics flowed from one to the other very well, and I liked how you first explained PBL then provided examples.

Engagement and interaction: The graphics, organization and set-up for the website are awesome!!! It's a fun webpage, and the graphics particularly keep the reader engaged.

Technical quality: EXCELLENT :) See above suggestions, all the links that I tried worked, too!

Extended resources: I was wondering if you had more extensions to provide. If you need help with this, let me know, great job!

Re: Feedback on Wikipage -- Kaitlyn King 15:47, 30 April 2011 (EDT)

Hi Stephanie,

Thank you so much for the feedback.

I am currently working on the extended resources and the link "Hexagons, Hexagons, and More Hexagons" is a task that I created to show a problematic Algebra task that could be integrated into an Algebra course. I wanted to show the need to begin with a problem while also illustrating the importance of student autonomy in such an environment. The students must have the freedom to explore the problem, discuss possible solutions, develop their own unique solution methods, and present their work, in order to capture the ideas of problem-based learning. However, I realize after reading it over that it may have been a bit confusing. In order to alleviate this confusion I went back and wrote a small caption under the link so that the learners would understand that it is an example of a problematic task for an Algebra course. Do you think that would help clarify?