Inquire, Inspire, Aspire: The New Approach to Math Ed

| February 7, 2013

What do you get when you combine huge projected images of animated shapes, choose-your-own-adventure type learning, and giant bean bag chairs? One heck of a classroom, that’s what!

In this video, Professor of Math Education, Jo Boaler, welcomes a class of high school students to the University of Sussex and invites them to do math with her, in her own way (which is, more accurately, their own way). This includes getting students to combine their thinking with standard mathematical thinking; in other words, students are given the tools necessary to allow them to come up with their own solutions to problems without having to rely on standard practices. This allows students to have more creativity in the problem solving process and makes the entire experience inherently more interesting.

The inquiry-based learning method, Jo argues, is very rewarding for teachers, as they witness students becoming more interested, engaged, and innovative in their problem-solving approaches.

You won’t want to miss seeing the unique setup they have over at the University. Don’t forget to leave your thoughts on this one-of-a-kind classroom inĀ the ongoing discussion on Vialogues.

@00:38 zhou: Is this a typical classroom? What kind of school is this?

@00:44 pranav_garg: oh wow… I love the way these guys are doing innovation in classroom teaching.

@4:01 sharon_hsiao: “inquiry based learning….lots of rewards for teachers…”

This article first appeared on New Learning Times on 2/7/2013