Learning Opportunity

Perplexity: Coin of the Mathematics Classroom

Facilitator: Dan Meyer
Date:March 22, 2011
Time:9:00 am to 3:30 pm MTN
$65.00 (CAD)
Location: Edmonton (Hilton Garden Inn)
17610 Stony Plain Road
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Session Code: 11-MA-189
Focus: Mathematics and Numeracy

Target Audience

Grades 8-12 Mathematics Teachers

About this Learning Opportunity

Perplexity is valuable currency in the mathematics classroom. Perplexity is the stuff of being perplexed. When students are perplexed, they aren't asking "when will we use this in real life?" because they're too busy chasing down answers to rich mathematical questions they came up with themselves. When curriculum is perplexing, the teacher doesn't have to announce the day's objective, because perplexity nudges yesterday's concept naturally into today's. In this hands-on workshop, we will discover methods for capturing perplexity, from YouTube videos, TV shows, and movies; for creating perplexity, using free and cheap technology; and for presenting perplexity, using pedagogy that draws in every learner, that knows when to give the student help and when to get out of the student's way.

About the Facilitator

Dan Meyer taught high school mathematics from 2004 to 2010. In 2008, he was awarded Cable in the Classroom's national Leader in Learning award for his work integrating digital video with mathematics. He currently studies at Stanford University on a doctoral fellowship where his professional interests are curriculum design and teacher education. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife.