Dan Meyer

Educator
Dan Meyer is exploring the way we teach teachers to teach kids.

Why you should listen

Dan Meyer asks, "How can we design the ideal learning experience for students?" As a part-time Googler, a provocative blogger  and a full-time high-school math teacher, his perspective on curriculum design, teacher education and teacher retention is informed by tech trends and online discourse as much as front-line experience with students.

Meyer has spun off his enlightening message -- that teachers "be less helpful" and push their students to formulate the steps to solve math problems -- into a nationwide tour-of-duty on the speaking circuit.

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"I teach high school math. I sell a product to a market that doesn't want it but is forced by law to buy it." — Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer’s TED talks

Dan Meyer on the TED Blog

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Math class needs a makeover: Dan Meyer on TED.com

May 13, 2010

Today’s math curriculum is teaching students to expect — and excel at — paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think. (Recorded at TEDxNYED, March 2010 in New York, NY. Duration: 11:39) Watch Dan Meyer’s talk […]

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Quotes from Dan Meyer

I teach high school math. I sell a product to a market that doesn’t want it, but is forced by law to buy it.
Dan Meyer
TEDxNYED • 1.7M views May 2010
Inspiring, Persuasive
Students need to decide, ‘All right, well, does the height matter? Does the side of it matter? Does the color of the valve matter? What matters here?’ — such an underrepresented question in math curriculum.
Dan Meyer
TEDxNYED • 1.7M views May 2010
Inspiring, Persuasive
We’re no longer intimidated by math, because we’re slowly redefining what math is.
Dan Meyer
TEDxNYED • 1.7M views May 2010
Inspiring, Persuasive