On this episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast I got to speak to one of my all-time maths heroes, Dan Meyer.
Dan is know for many things, including his dy/dan blog, TED Talk “Math Class needs a Makeover“, 3 Act Math, 101qs.com, Graphing Stories, and now Desmos. He has also probably been the most influential person on my teaching career.
I was lucky enough to speak to Dan for an hour, and during that time I asked him, among other things:
- How does he plan lessons?
- Can he describe a lesson that went badly, and what he learned from it?
- When does technology enhance teaching and learning, and when does it hinder it?
- What exciting stuff is in the Desmos pipeline
- What is Dan’s take on the importance of real life mathematics?
- Where did the idea for 3 Act Math come from, and what tips does he have for teachers delivering lessons using that structure?
- What was the inspiration behind the Headache and Aspirin series of blog posts
- And what tips does Dan have for teachers embarking upon their careers?
Dan Meyer’s Work
Real World Maths
The two tasks I discussed are:
1. Choose 3 numbers
2. Andrew Stadel’s modelling task called Trashketball
Dan’s blog post on Real World v Real Work
Headache and Asprin blog post series
Dan’s Meyer’s Big 3
Thanks so much for listening, and I really hope you enjoy the show!
Craig BartonI am a maths teacher, currently teaching at Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton, UK. Here are links to some of my work:
Mr Barton Maths Blog
Mr Barton Maths Podcast
Just the Job Podcast