Super Stairs

LinkSuper Stairs


Deconstruct the experience. What are the three acts of this story? What were the teacher moves? How is it different than the same kind of problem in a textbook?

FileModeling Moves

How do you maximize student engagement here?

What tools, information, and resources, and help will students need from you?

How do we validate their answer?

Finish the Story

Link25 Billion Apps

LinkYellow Starbursts

Sketchy Graphs

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Secret Skepticism Survey

Whenever I’m sitting in your seat, sitting through some kind of professional development, I often feel a burning, secret skepticism, something that I keep to myself. I’m inviting you here to make that skepticism or question known (anonymously) to the rest of us.

LinkSecret Skepticism Survey

Textbook Makeover

— What is the hook?
— Can I make that question guessable?
— Can I illustrate it?
— Can I remove information to be added later?
— Can I validate their math?
— How could I extend this with a “sequel?”


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FileAngular Velocity

FileBead Store

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FileBrick Patio

FileCar Wreck

FileMini Golf

FilePostal Service

FileRemote Control Car

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LinkThree-Act Math Tasks


LinkEstimation 180

LinkGraphing Stories

LinkGeoff Krall’s Problem-Based Learning Maps

LinkVideo Story Problems (Primary Grades)