Due to limited mics, JJ and Thays were in studio while Emyr called in from school. You can listen to the entire live stream online, but here are some highlights from the conversation:
Let's talk about fractions! You might be thinking, is that actually advanced for 6th graders? As with any content, the treatment matters. There are easy fraction questions, and then there are deep, interesting questions, like the ones that JJ, Thays, and Emyr were proud to work on in their "Math Fundamentals" course. Here's a problem we love:
As you can see, the problems are designed to get students to really think about math in the context of fractions: what is true and why? The other thing that makes this questions special is that they are the type of question a teacher rarely has time to cover during the school day. At BEAM, we care less about the content (fractions) than the thinking students do and we're so glad that our students enjoy the problems in front of them!
Below are some further problems we like:
Nice work, JJ, Thays, and Emyr! It was such a pleasure to hear you talk about BEAM.