What Makes a Good Problem?

June 30, 2016
04:00 pm - 05:00 pm PDT
By Liana Gamber-Thompson

Math Teachers’ Circles are professional learning communities focused on collaborative problem solving. In this webinar, Math Teachers’ Circle leaders talked about what makes a good problem, including the difference between a problem and an exercise, the art of problem posing, and how differentiated learning can emerge naturally from the exploration of rich, multifaceted problems. Although the discussion was grounded in mathematics, many of the concepts translated to other disciplines as well.

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During the broadcast, the conversation also took place on Twitter using the hashtag #connectedlearning.

Participants for this webinar included:

  • Brianna Donaldson (host), Director of the Math Teachers’ Circle Network and Director of Special Projects, American Institute of Mathematics. 
  • Chris Bolognese, Co-founder of the Columbus Math Circle and Upper School Mathematics Chair at Columbus Academy in Columbus, OH. Chris is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in mathematics education at Ohio State University.
  • Fawn Nguyen, Co-founder of the Thousand Oaks Math Teachers’ Circle. She teaches mathematics at Mesa Union School in Somis, CA and blogs about mathematics teaching at http://fawnnguyen.com.
  • Paul Zeitz, Co-founder of Proof School, author of The Art and Craft of Problem Solving, and longtime champion of Math Circles for students and teachers. Professor and Department Chair of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of San Francisco.
  • Joshua Zucker, Freelance mathematics teacher, co-founder of the Math Teachers’ Circle Network, and founding director of the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals, which bring students together to enjoy activities that encourage collaborative, creative problem-solving.

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