Math class needs a makeover (TED video)


This is a follow up to my recent post about making math relevant to kids (see: Teaching Kids Math Is Beautiful and All Around You). I know that my own struggles with math in high school were because of my inability to relate the abstract concepts to practical applications (although the curriculum always made us make that mental leap when moving from textbook work to tests).

According to his blog, Dan Meyer taught high school math between 2004 and 2010 and is interested in

"curriculum design (answering the question, "how we design the ideal learning experience for students?") and teacher education (answering the questions, "how do teachers learn?" and "how do we retain more teachers?" and "how do we teach teachers to teach?")."
Well Mr. Meyer recently gave a TED talk about rethinking math class. It's compelling. Take a listen: