Category Archives: Learning Technology Plan

Dan Meyer: “Beyond Relevance & Real World: Stronger Strategies for Student Engagement”

Check out Dan Meyer’s latest talk at the April 2016 NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco, CA, “Beyond Relevance & Real World: Stronger Strategies for Student Engagement.”  This talk focuses on the attempts of textbooks to engage students with “real-world” contexts, career connections, and applications that do not relate to our students’ world & experiences. Dan Meyer offers strategies and tips to redefine what it means to be “real world” and why it’s good to start a fight in your mathematics classroom.  Another visionary talk of how teachers engage students in mathematics, not textbooks.

Dan Meyer: “Fake-World Math: When Mathematical Modeling Goes Wrong and How to Get it Right”

As a natural follow-up to Dan Meyer’s 2010 TED talk “Math class needs a makeover,” he’s back with a new video and blog post from a talk in October 2014 at the NCTM Regional Conference & Exposition in Indianapolis, IN: “Fake-World Math: When Mathematical Modeling Goes Wrong and How to Get it Right.”  Another inspiring talk on how textbooks misguide teachers and students around mathematical reasoning and modeling.