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Slaying Mathematical Dragons – Teaching Socratically Through Problem Solving

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.