#009 Dan Meyer – 3 Act Math, Desmos, TED Talk and more!

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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 known 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?
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Dan Meyer’s Work
Dan’s TED Talk “Math Class needs a Makeover

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
1. The Three Acts of a Mathematical Story, (my collection of my favourite 3 Act Math activities can be found here)

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