Blog post: When I let them own the problem
This was Fawn’s latest post and so naturally I began to read it first. It caught my attention right away when I saw pictures of student work that had them drawing blobs on the page. The content of this post really hit home with me because this was an idea that I struggled with going into my teaching practicums. I think that one of the best ways to motivate students do math is to let them come up with the math themselves. This activity shows an excellent way to recreate the textbook problem in a way that students can show ownership over their work. This lets them become more invested in what they’re doing and they are more engaged in the activity. If you simply give them problem after problem to work on then the math becomes more procedural and memorization instead of active and engaging. By leaving math problems open like this then I also feel like it leaves the doors open for students to make their own connections between math and their lives instead of having me connect all the dots for them; because what I may find to be an interesting connection between math and the real world is not necessarily interesting or relevant to them.