Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Problem-Based Learning: Math Pickle

We all know what it's like to be "in a pickle", and that is kind of what it is like to be participating in Problem-Based Learning... one giant Math Pickle. Over at Math Pickle, they are trying to make mathematics engaging and "hard" fun. Math Pickle in and of itself is a wonderful site to explore, filled with videos of lessons, activities, and ramblings sure to engage you and get your creative juices flowing.

Why I LOVE MathPickle:
  • If I didn't make it clear earlier, I love their videos
    • You can even get video support by grade level or topic, making finding what you need a breeze.
  • Their emphasis on continually developing problem-solving skills and Higher Order Thinking through games
  • The $1,000,000 Problems, truly what you are here to search out if you are interested in Problem-Based Learning. This link provides you with access to various math challenges for all grade levels and the teaching tools to accompany them. You also get to see a video of the $1,000,000 problem in action!
    • Don't feel limited by the grade level, if your students are new to think kind of problem-solving a vast array of these problems are likely to be challenging for your students. Think of the differentiation possibilities!