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Bringing Project-Based Learning to Life in Mathematics, K-12

Bringing Project-Based Learning to Life in Mathematics, K-12

June 2023 | 328 pages | Corwin

Go beyond problem-solving and performance tasks.  Bring project-based learning to life!

Do you want your students to be more engaged in their mathematics lessons while also amplifying cultural relevancy and equity? If so, proceed to the next level of instruction with project-based learning (PBL)! This book provides the whole PBL game plan designed by an experienced, award-winning teacher and researcher. Whether you want to start with small steps or you are ready for full implementation in your classroom, project-based learning experiences can lead to forever memories and deeper learning for your students. Answering the why, what, and how of embarking on the journey toward PBL, readers will find

  • Need-to-Know questions to open each chapter
  • Student and educator vignettes to identify stumbling blocks and successes
  • PBL Plus Tips that identify those small steps teachers can make to gradually shift toward PBL
  • Your Turn prompts to actively connect ideas to your practice

This approachable guide includes everything you need to move from tasks to memorable project-based experiences that leverage student voice and choice and build a welcoming classroom culture!

Section I. The Why
Chapter 1: Why Now?
Chapter 2: PBL Mathematics: Equitable, Engaging, and Effective
Chapter 3: From Problem to Project
Section II
Chapter 4: Chapter 4. Rigorous Content
Chapter 5: Productive Inquiry
Chapter 6: Identity and Agency
Chapter 7: Authentic Connections
Chapter 8: Meaningful Assessment
Chapter 9: Growth through Reflection
Section III. The How
Chapter 10: Classroom Culture
Chapter 11: Role of the PBL Mathematics Teacher
Chapter 12: Find Inspiration
Chapter 13: Launch
Chapter 14: Craft Milestones
Chapter 15: Manage
Chapter 16: Assess
Chapter 17: Reflect
Chapter 18: Design the Experience

Has project-based learning sounded overwhelming to you in the past? In Bringing Project-Based Learning to Life in Mathematics, McHugh does a masterful job of describing the PBL process and providing clear and simple entry points to PBL that connect to your current strengths as a mathematics teacher. This detailed guide will be a staple on your desk as it provides you with opportunities to deepen your PBL practice and give students more rigorous, productive, and equitable learning opportunities that strengthen their identities as doers of mathematics.

Michael D. Steele
Mathematics Teacher Educator
Milwaukee, WI

With Bringing Project-Based Learning to Life in Mathematics, McHugh has composed a valuable addition to the growing number of PBL books! Developing math projects isn't always easy, but right out the gate, McHugh clarifies what it means to be a PBL mathematics educator by offering an honest reflection about her growth in space. The pages of this valuable book are laden with relatable stories and tangible tools and resources to take today's math classrooms into the authenticity that PBL offers.

Jorge Valenzuela
Richmond, VA

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ISBN: 9781071880722