Craig Barton interviews guests from the wonderful world of education about their approaches to teaching, educational research and more. All show notes, resources and videos here: https://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/
Dan is possibly the most famous maths teacher in the world. His TED talk and subsequent work on 3 Act Math had a huge influence on my career. We spoke about good and bad uses of technology in teaching and learning, the future of Desmos and the excellent Aspirin and Headache series.
For more information about today’s guest, plus links to the websites, resources and ideas they mention, please visit the show notes page: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/blog/9-dan-meyer-3-act-math-desmos-ted-talk-and-more/
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?
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
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