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Jamie Back is an Upper School Math Teacher at Cincinnati Country Day School. Follow Jamie on Twitter: @jmeb96

Designing Projects so Students Have High Quality Project Based Learning Experiences

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PBL and CBL are related at the very core, because they both involve active student-centered learning. Whatever the project format, the six criteria outlined in the recently-released Framework for High Quality Project Based Learning (HQPBL) -- Authenticity, Intellectual Challenge and Accomplishment, Public Product, Collaboration, Project Management, and Reflection -- can help teachers create and implement successful student-centered learning projects.

Mindset, and the Power of “Yet”

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For me, the “Power of Yet” poster has been a powerful strategy. Such a simple reminder to persevere can be the difference between a student who gives up and one who routinely concludes that understanding will come with more effort, questions, or use of additional strategies.

Teaching Students How to Work Together

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The group work structure and opportunities to practice collaboration may prove to be invaluable for students to learn how to work effectively with others so that they can succeed in the future workforce.

Technical Computing Software in High School Math

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Technical computing software can be a great platform for integrating computer science and computational thinking into a math classroom.

Making in Math

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By: Jamie Back. While a makerspace is nice, it takes only some simple classroom supplies to start “making” in math. The process of making concrete objects can lead students to a deeper understanding of abstract concepts.

Integrating the Engineering Design Process and Challenge-Based Learning in STEM

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By: Jamie Back. When I first learned how to integrate Challenge-Based Learning (CBL) and the Engineering Design Process (EDP) into my lessons, it was a total gamechanger. Here's what it meant for my instructional practice.

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