## The Inverted Classroom

I was browsing several blogs yesterday and I found Robert Talbert’s presentation on Inverting the Classroom, Improving Student Learning. Robert has an excellent presentation of how technology, nowadays, have changed the way of teaching and learning.

Robert is the writer Casting Out Nines, an excellent blog in math and technology.

## Math Exercise, Problem, and Investigation

As teachers, it is important that we vary the mathematical activities we give our students. The learning that takes place in the classroom is, in one way or another, affected by the kind of tasks that we give them. These tasks may be classified into three: exercises, problems, and investigations.

Math Exercise

A math exercise is a task where students know what is asked AND know a direct way of doing it. Task 1 is an example of a math exercise.  In this task, students are asked for the number of squares that make up the fourth figure. This can easily do this by looking at the pattern or by counting.

Math exercises are usually given after examples were demonstrated. They are commonly used to enhance the basic computational skills of students. » Read more

## Keeping Mathematics Simple

If you are a mathematics teacher, the Keeping Mathematics Simple is a highly recommended read. The principle of Keeping Mathematics Simple:

This blog is not about making math easy because it isn’t. It is about making it make sense because it does.

Erlina Ronda, the author of the blog, has excellent ideas in mathematics teaching and pedagogy. It has also has some articles of our version of Lesson Study here in the Philippines.

Erlina's Lesson Study Group

Here is a full description of Erlina Ronda’s blog:

This blog is my contribution to narrowing the gap between theory and practice in mathematics teaching and learning. It contains teaching tips based on current reforms in mathematics education and teaching such as teaching mathematics through problem solving (TtPS), developing higher-order thinking skills (HOTS) and mathematical habits of mind, variation theory, constructivist teaching, scaffolding learning, etc.

I believe that K-12 mathematics is about developing students’ mathematical thinking and communication capacities first, and, knowing mathematics next. Experience and education have also taught me that mathematical thinking, communicating mathematically, and mathematics are best learned in the context of solving problems and doing mathematical investigations.

I love to develop mathematical tasks and activities that involve basic mathematics concepts but has the potential to engage both teachers and  students in higher level thinking. I am particularly interested in students’ learning trajectory for specific content topic.

My work includes doing research in mathematics teaching, writing curriculum materials and facilitating professional development programs for mathematics teachers. I taught mathematics for 8 years before my current work.

Keeping Math Simple is one of the partner blogs of Mathematics and Multimedia. It will host the Math and Multimedia blog carnival Special Edition on January 2011, an edition that will focus on teaching algebra concepts.

Carnival Reminder:

• To view the previous Math and Multimedia carnivals, click here and here.