K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

Grayson Wheatley, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Education at Florida State University. For twenty-one years he was a professor of mathematics and education at the Purdue University where he directed the School Mathematics and Science Center. He is internationally known for his research on mathematics learning. He is the author of more than 100 journal articles, research papers, book chapters, and books. Professor Wheatley has conducted workshops and directed staff development plans that have resulted in significant improvement of mathematics learning. For thirty years he has been designing and writing activities for students that promote understanding.

Resources created by Grayson Wheatley

Giving meaning to volume and surface area
This lesson is designed to help students give meaning to volume and surface area by solving problems using a meaningful situation rather than formulas.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 Mathematics)
By Grayson Wheatley.
Math problems for grade 8 geometry
In Problem centered math, page 3.1
Problem sets in PDF format that address objectives of the Measurement and Geometry strands of the 1999 North Carolina Standard Course of Study for Mathematics, Grade 8.
By Grayson Wheatley.
Meaningful mathematics: using balances for problem solving
Using balances to represent equations forces students to find their own meaning in mathematical problems.
By Grayson Wheatley and George E. Abshire.
The problem-centered classroom
In Problem centered math, page 2.1
A look inside an eighth-grade classroom in which students work in pairs to solve problems, then debate as a class which solution is correct or easiest. An explanation of the teaching method is provided along with video of students presenting their solutions to problems.
Format: article
By Grayson Wheatley.
Quick Draw
In Problem centered math, page 2.3
An engaging math activity that helps students develop and talk about spatial reasoning.
Format: activity
By Grayson Wheatley.
Student presentations in the problem-centered classroom
In Problem centered math, page 2.2
The video clip below shows students presenting their solutions to a math problem. The students worked on the problem in pairs, and several pairs of students used different methods to reach different results. A discussion results among the students as to the...
By Grayson Wheatley.
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