Project Based Learning

Project-Based Learning in the Math Classroom explains how to keep inquiry at the heart of mathematics teaching and helps teachers build students’ abilities to be true mathematicians. This book outlines basic teaching strategies, such as questioning and exploration of concepts. It also provides advanced strategies for teachers who are already implementing inquiry-based methods. Project-Based Learning in the Math Classroom includes practical advice about strategies the authors have used in their own classrooms, and each chapter features strategies that can be implemented immediately. Teaching in a project-based environment means using great teaching practices. The authors impart strategies that assist teachers in planning standards-based lessons, encouraging wonder and curiosity, providing a safe environment where failure occurs, and giving students opportunities for revision and reflection.

About Chris

Chris Fancher is a Middle Years Programme (MYP) design teacher at a public International Baccalaureate (IB) charter school in Round Rock, TX. He has taught every course, from prealgebra to calculus, in more than 20 years of public education.

As a military spouse, he found himself teaching mathematics in four states and two countries, as well as teaching college algebra and college statistics for the University of Maryland University College. Chris honed his project-based learning (PBL) skills at the nationally recognized Manor New Technology High School in Manor, TX. From that experience, he was selected to be on the PBLWorks.Org National Faculty.

Prior to his current teaching position Chris was an instructional coach for a middle school, where his focus was on helping teachers understand the PBL process and bring their project ideas to life. He has been with BIE for 7 years and has facilitated PBL trainings in 15 states, as well as in China and Australia.

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