Today’s mathematics curriculum is teaching students to expect – and excel at – paint-by-numbers classwork. A result of measuring schools by success and statistics, rather than by a wider view of the approach and skills they are delivering.
This can have the effect of robbing kids of a skill more important than ‘merely’ solving mathematics problems: formulating them.
In this video, filmed at TEDxNYED, Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think. And thereby learn and understand.
Ted Talks on education are two-a-penny, but this one is certainly worth a look: