When I first learned about math teacher blogs, Dan Meyer's blog was one of the first that I stumbled onto. I spent about half the day reading his posts, watching videos on his blog, and browsing through his 3-Act Tasks. I was hooked. In one afternoon, I'd gotten more good quality professional development from Dan Meyer than I'd gotten from years of state and district sponsored classes. And it was completely free! I'm still learning from him and still working on implementing some of the great ideas I've gleaned from him. Recently, Dan Meyer posted a video of a presentation he gave at the 2014 NCTM annual conference. It's about an hour long but entertaining, thought-provoking, and well worth the time.
Here's what Dan Meyer has to say about this presentation:
"Students generally prefer video games to our math classes and I wanted to know why. So I played a lot of video games and read a bit about video games and drew some conclusions. I also asked my in-laws to play two video games in front of a camera so we could watch their learning process and draw comparisons to our students.
These are the six lessons I learned:
About the author: MaryAnn Moore (@missnarymm) teaches 8th grade math in Davis School District. She coordinates the UCTM teacher blog and is also a regular contributor to the UCTM teacher blog. Please email MaryAnn at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in contributing to the UCTM blog.