Imagine a mathematics textbook that contains only problems- no chapters, no topical divisions or subheadings, no worked examples, no definition or theorem boxes– just page after page of problems in a seemingly random order. This is what a student at Phillips Exeter Academy sees when they look at their “math book” each year. This mini-course will delve into the structure underlying the problem sequencing and presentation to develop understanding of how students learn mathematics through a true problem-based approach. The instructor has utilized these “textbooks” for more than two decades with students of varying abilities in the high school as well as with pre-service and in-service teachers. Discussions of issues related to classroom implementation will be central to the mini-course. Participants will select content from Math I, Math II or Math III that is aligned with their interests and/or content that they presently teach to allow for insight into an alternative approach to teaching and learning that content.
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