“The way our textbooks…teach math reasoning and patient problem solving is functionally equivalent to turning on *Two and a Half Men* and calling it a day.” Dan Meyer

Below is a TED Talk with Dan Meyer, a high-school math teacher. He states that we have created impatient problem solvers and gives ideas as to how to create patient problem solvers.

*Dan Meyer’s List*: 5 Symptoms you are doing math reasoning wrong

- Lack of initiative.
- Lack of perseverance.
- Lack of retention.
- Aversion to word problems.
- Eagerness for formula.

*Dan Meyer’s List*: How to make patient problem solvers.

- Use multimedia.
- Encourage student intuition.
- Ask the shortest question you can.
- Let students build the problem.
- Be less helpful.

Last year, I had the pleasure of teaching 2 math classes each day! 😀 I really love math…and pretty much all subjects (this is one of the reasons I want to teach elementary school). It was so amazing to watch my students develop a love for math. I would hear them talking about math in the hallways. When they came to class they would want to share a conversation about math with the class! 🙂 It was so exciting! I tried to make math exciting, applicable, and their own.

I would have them create word problems. I would create real life problems for them to solve. However, I never thought about incorporating videos to make problems for them to solve. I love how Mr. Meyer makes videos for problem solving. Instead of just having a picture…actually have the problem on the video or do it in the classroom. Instead of just using a sports word problem…actually show a video clip of a sports game and draw problems out of the actual game.

Check out his TED Talk above to get great ideas to incorporate into your classroom.

**“Math is the vocabulary for your own intuition.” Dan Meyer**

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Great post. You can with Dan on his blog @ http://blog.mrmeyer.com/ and on twitter @ddmeyer