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The power of “I’ll challenge you”

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I am a reading and writing guy. Math is not my strong suit, to say the least. In fact, I’ve always hated math, because I never saw the value int it.

When I present student-centered, results-only learning to educators, I’m often asked how to apply these strategies to math. “There’s a right and wrong answer,” some math teachers say. “There’s not much room for creativity and feedback.”

In this video, produced by Institute of Play, the students use the word “challenge,” explaining how it motivates them. Near the end of this video, the amazing teacher says, No matter how much math you know, “I can find something to challenge you.”

So, if you think creativity and feedback have no place in math, check out the video and consider how you might challenge your students with engaging ways to learn something that many kids don’t value.

While there may always be a right and wrong answer, understanding why those answers are important is often left out of math class.

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Mark Barnes is the Founder and CEO of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series -- books that provide right-now solutions for teachers and learners. Mark is the author or publisher of dozens of books, including Bestseller Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 115,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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