When students engage in mathematics that is relevant to their world, they pose questions, seek answers, and are passionate about math. Relevant and rigorous math satisfies students’ natural curiosity while building their understanding of math concepts. When coupled with asking good questions, engaging in three-act math tasks, and incorporating technology, relevant math can also enhance literacy skills, interest in math, and engagement in authentic learning experiences that connect to problem-solving in the real world.

In this course, you will learn practical methods for using relevant math concepts, theory, and practice to spur students’ excitement for and engagement with math tasks. By examining current research and practice, you will be able to develop lessons that students will both love and remember. For example, you’ll develop strategies for integrating inquiry-based learning, authentic problem-solving, math-based investigations, and student-centered approaches to help students tackle complex and rigorous questions.

By the end of the course, you will be able to integrate researched-based techniques to guide mathematical inquiry in a manner that motivates and excites students, supports math comprehension, and creates a lifelong interest in math.