Dan Meyer is an Edublogger that I have been following for over a month now. I came across this blog as I was scrolling through some of the Ed twitter people I follow. He used to be a high school math teacher, that taught students who do not like math, this is what caught my attention. He’s advocated for better math instruction on CNN, Good Morning America, Everyday With Rachel Ray and Ted.com. “I sell a product to a market that doesn’t want it, but is forced by law to buy it.” Dan Meyer on teaching high school math.
Every math teacher should follow Dan Meyer’s blog. I’ve only been following it since the beginning of the year and I’ve already gained new insights on how to teach math, and at the same time make it engaging for ALL students, not just the A++ students.
Through Dan Meyer’s blog I have been introduced to Desmos – a collection of unique and engaging digital math activities, which are FREE for teachers and students. It also includes a great interactive graphing calculator. I can’t wait to fully explore this resource when I teach middle years/high school math!
In some of his blogs he also takes some common math problems and changes them to make them more engaging, creative, and understandable for all math learners. He shows a math problem that seem difficult, but actually requires NO mathematical thinking. Some students have quickly realized that given an equation, they can simply insert the given numbers and spit out an answer. They have no idea what they even did. Dan Meyers challenges the A++ students, and at the same time, empowers the students who feel disadvantaged. This is a great example of this kind of blogpost.
If you find any of these 5 symptoms in your math students, you need Dan Meyers!
- Lack of initiative
- Lack of perseverance
- Lack of retention
- Aversion to word problems
- Eagerness for formula
He encourages math teachers to
- Use multimedia
- Encourage student intuition
- Ask the shortest question you can
- Let students build the problem
- and be less helpful