Want to learn more about Problem Based Learning but don’t have time to read several posts with graphics? Want to see what a student-centered math unit looks like from start to finish, but would prefer to see it visually and hear it in a nasally voice? Well, look no further, my friends! I recorded a little video in which I discuss five-ish steps to a problem, start-to-finish. It’s about 10 minutes and you can hear me doing terrible impressions of students all while I had a cold. Also, it was made with a crappy movie making program (I won’t reveal what program it was, but let’s just say it comes free with Windows 7 and it rhymes with “Shmoovie Shmaker”). So apologies for that. Hopefully what it lacks in design it makes up for in usefulness.
Here are five stages to Problem implementation discussed in the video, start-to-finish.
- Posing of the Problem
- Work on the Problem
- Intervention as questions arise
- Students apply scaffolded instruction
- A solution is reached
Although, as I look at it now, it probably shouldn’t appear so linear and step-by-step. It should probably be something like this:
1. The Problem is Posed
2-???. Work ↔ Intervention ↔ Apply scaffolding
???+1. A solution is reached.
Anyway, for more on Problem (or Inquiry) Based Learning and more in-depth discussions, here is some linkage.
- Inquiry Based Instruction, in a PNG nutshell
- An oversimplified model of an inquiry-based lesson, with visual aids
- Inquiry-based mathematics: the posing of a problem is only the beginning of the problem-posing process
- Things that are Good: A Problem Based Learning Approach in Mathematics
Also, I zipped up all the files used for the above presentation, including slides, audio, and the transcript. So if you want to, like, re-record it in your own less annoying/nasally voice, have at it. Or I supposed you could isolate the audio and listen to it as a podcast for some ungodly reason. Anyway, here are the files (note: the slides are in PNG images format and not in proper order; anything else?).
Standard disclaimer: I would also like to formally declare that I don’t have all the answers. Frankly, I’m not sure I have very many answers at all. I do have a lot of questions though.