I found the message that Dan Meyer is sharing in this video to be fascinating. What a cool way to incorporate real world situations into the classroom. Math is of particular interest to me at the moment because I am working with a few teachers in my school to see what we can do to spice up the lessons a bit. I notice that in math classes (and most other classes in general) that students are not engaged in learning.
By using Meyer’s methods, students have to become engaged because their success relies on doing all the work, not just plugging in numbers. It all seems to point back to problem based learning strategies. When students have to come up with their own problems and then solve them, they are going to be more engaged and learn the concepts in a meaningful manner.
Another of Meyer’s main points is that this style of learning is long lasting and runs deep. Students won’t forgot what they learn before the state test rolls around. Wouldn’t that be nice?