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An Interactive Model for Mathematics???

How can we take the model of the #backchannel and apply it to teaching mathematics?  How can we make mathematics interactive for our students?  How can we engage our students to the point that they would want to gather to do mathematics on their own time?

By Jon Oaks

College Math Instructor. Tech Enthusiast. Visionary. Creative Genius. But above all, I enjoy what I do. That is why I am a teacher. Because I like to teach.


  • Great idea, Jon! When students become involved in creating the math, they will feel more committed to it. The key challenge is to come up with meaningful (read: “realistic”, “authentic” and “relevant”) problems so they want to work on them.

  • Hi Murray:I agree.  Many students have definitely been trained to believe that mathematics is none of those – realistic, authentic, or relevant.– Jon

  • Wow. I’m really impressed with the power of backchanneling to get kids engaged in being more proactive with math. I’m exhibiting at the NCTM meeting in Indy in april on the theme of Math 2.0 – a group which Murray participates in. I hope to get teachers to learn more about math 2.0 thru backchanneling and in my booth activities.

  • Ihor -I wish I could go to the NCTM Conference in April.  I teach Friday classes, so I can't!  I appreciate your efforts to move math instructors into the 21st century.  Many of our colleagues might as well still be in the 18th or 19th century. — Jon Oaks

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