Slaying Mathematical Dragons – Teaching Socratically Through Problem Solving

Andrew Elizalde February 15, 2017

Presented at:
2017 Winter Regional Conference


In this session we will look at the benefits (and challenges) of introducing new mathematical concepts through a Socratic problem solving experience, wherein students labor together to solve (slay) challenging and complex problems (mathematical dragons) barely within their reach. In this way lessons may more often feel more like stories, even heroic epics, to participate in rather than strictly moves to be rehearsed and exercises to repeated. Featured in this session will be the concept of linear function, approached in a manner accessible to students and teachers of both the lower and upper school years.


exercises mathematical Socrcatic


Andrew Elizalde
Andrew Elizalde earned a B.A. degree at Depauw University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, earned a mathematics major, physics minor, and religious studies minor, and received the H.E.H. Greenleaf Award as the most outstanding graduate of the school’s mathematics program. His teaching experience includes work in both public and private schools as well as private tutoring in subjects ranging from elementary mathematics to advanced calculus and physics. Andrew is currently Dean of Academics, at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, Texas. Andrew also regularly offers consulting services to Classical schools. Andrew and his wife, Brooke, have three daughters.

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