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Problem-Based Learning in the Middle School Math Classroom

We are always hearing how math is sometimes too abstract for students to relate to and engage enthusiastically. However, one of the most effective ways to reverse this concern is through the integration of problem-based learning. This makes math concepts tied to real-world situations and applications. This collection includes examples and rationale for problem-based learning in the middle school math classroom.
A Collection By Marilaine deGuia
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Problem-Based Learning in the Middle School Math Classroom
  • Marilaine deGuia says:
    Don't know where to start with problem-based learning in the middle school math classroom? This article discusses its rationale, and reviews best practices for implementation.
  • Marilaine deGuia says:
    Think students are too young to think about the restaurant business? Middle school students from TEAM Academy participated in a restaurant-themed project that included creating menus, grant letters, marketing, and multimedia presentations.
  • Marilaine deGuia says:
    Here's a great example of combining math and art! Students at Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School used design software to create public sculptures.
  • Marilaine deGuia says:
    I always find that problem-based learning is perfect for integrating STEM! Michael Gorman, a former STEM Educator of the Year, is full of example projects and tips for integration of STEM and PBL.
  • 6th Grade Math: Toro Dream House

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    Marilaine deGuia says:
    This has been my students' favorite project! This lesson plan utilizes understanding by design as well as problem-based learning to teach geometric principles by having students design their own dream house.
  • Marilaine deGuia says:
    I love how this PBL shows how math ties into the real world-even psychology! In this project-based learning lesson plan for seventh grade math, students will use their knowledge of geometry concepts to evaluate appealing design in advertising.
  • Marilaine deGuia says:
    I've seen this PBL used as a joint effort with math and health/PE teachers! In this project-based learning lesson plan for eighth grade math, students will collect and analyze data on proper food choices and its impact on health.
  • Marilaine deGuia says:
    I love projects that show how the classroom content can be used in careers! In this project-based learning lesson plan for eight grade math, students will use their knowledge of data and graphing to articulate their ideas as a city planner.
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