What if everyone of your students actually loved math?
Now, you can make the impossible a reality, and your students will race to complete your math problems.
Math teachers want more for their students than routine lessons and weekly test scores. You want them to engage in a productive struggle, without quitting in frustration. You want them to think like mathematicians. You want them to desire to learn more.
In Hacking Mathematics, teacher, author, and math consultant Denis Sheeran shows you how to hack your instructional approach and assessment procedures, in order to promote an amazing culture of mathematical inquiry and engagement that very few students ever see.
What you can do tomorrow
• Increase relevant connections between your students and the content
• Use homework effectively, removing the frustration and anxiety around it
• Connect with the global community of math educators
• Question everything, provide meaningful feedback, and teach your students to do the same
Hacking Mathematics puts you in control of the change that is happening around problem solving in math class. Read it now and embrace the change.
Table of Contents
The biggest problem of them all
Hack 1: Help Them See Math Everywhere. 19
Engaging all students from the start of class
Hack 2: Pull a Double Switch and Add Practice Time. 35
Applying best practices for practicing best
Hack 3: Join the MTBoS. 49
Bringing the global math teaching community into your
Hack 4: Encourage a Digital Show and Tell. 59
Using a 1:1 environment to demonstrate understanding
Hack 5: Be Less Helpful and Ask More Questions. 69
Turning mathematical struggles into deep learning
Hack 6: Go Prospecting for Relevant Learning. 79
Making mathematics real and increasing student
Hack 7: Solve the Calculator Conundrum. 93
Choosing an instrument for all students: Desmos
Hack 8: Ask Unanswerable Questions. 107
Engaging students in statistical thinking instead of
skipping that section
Hack 9: Create a Wonderwall. 119
Building a culture of inquiry
Hack 10: Communicate the Message with
Creating community and parent buy-in
Conclusion . 141
Putting the pieces together