Math teacher Lauren Harris had a problem. Students weren’t remembering important concepts from the previous year that she knew she had taught. How could she help students remember? Her answer is that she includes meaningful projects in her curriculum. In today’s show, Lauren gives us a quick overview, how-to, and ideas for planning your own projects that will help students learn and remember.
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Podcast PD Challenge
Let’s turn what we learned into action. Here are four ideas you can adapt to your classroom based on what you heard in today’s show.
- Create a multi-age project where older students teach younger students (or vice versa)
- Go ahead and plan a small project. Use pblworks.org as a resource for your ideas
- Start a project and work with students to have them propose details of the project and crate rubrics
- If you teach students from year to year – use feedback from students to figure out what is retained and remembered and what needs a more memorable learning experience.
Lauren Harris – Bio As Submitted
Lauren is in her tenth year of teaching at the high school and collegiate level and is also currently an eleventh-grade dean and mathematics teacher at University Liggett School, in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. She previously was and currently is a lead speaker at the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual conference where she shares her passion about mathematics electives and her History of Mathematics course.
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