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Thursday, February 23 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
The Mystery Box: Making the Mundane Interesting FILLING

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It’s no secret that students are not fond of worksheets. As teacher’s we know that practicing the skills from new content is a necessary step in retaining the information from that new lesson. So how do we get them the practice they need, without the eye rolls and halfhearted effort that can often follow a worksheet being passed out? We wholeheartedly reject the notion that practicing those new skills has to be either mundane or boring. Too many math classrooms have become associated with dozing off and disinterest. Our focus is to make math fun for our students through an active learning environment, although this principle can be applied to any discipline.

Using a simple box with locks we will demonstrate how even solving equations can turn into a memorable classroom activity that students will request again. What you can expect from this session is students collaborating, helping each other through mistakes, attacking difficult problems without you pulling teeth and feverishly working through those same problems that they were disinterested in on the worksheet. When it’s a mystery box day you don’t have to coax students into being focused, engaging or staying on task. In fact, you will often have to ask them tone down their excitement as not to interfere with the class next door.


Brandon Walker

8th Grade Math Teacher, Presbyterian School

Thursday February 23, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LS 101

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