How Do We Create Powerful and Patient Problem Solvers?
Allison Zmuda with Dan Meyer and Sanjoy Mahajan
|Many math teachers find themselves on the horns of a dilemma. On one hand they feel the need to teach mathematics skills one at a time, detached from practical application. On the other hand they are often frustrated by student’s inability to analyze problems, think creatively about solutions and patiently persevere through the problem solving process. In this segment we look to understand the roots of the problem and potential solutions.|
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May 8, 2009 Education Reform
Sanjoy Mahajan obtained his PhD in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1998, and has undergraduate degrees in mathematics from Oxford University and in physics from Stanford University. He followed as a postdoctoral researcher and faculty member in the Physics Department at the University of Cambridge and as a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Dan Meyer taught high school math between 2004 and 2010 and is currently studying at Stanford University on a doctoral fellowship. His specific interests include 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?).
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