"Looking back on the experience, I learned that students given a task that they feel passionate about will take it over and grow in ways that are pretty amazing. The students were taking the task in so many different directions that all worked together quite well. Some students used google earth and found a hardware store, and were working on how to get the supplies in to the school, while others worked on finding out how to source used tires, how to calculate areas of tires in order to figure out how much paint to purchase. It was really incredible the amount of math they were doing that was beyond what I would normally teach them in a unit. It was awesome!
One of the things I’ve learned is, I need to honor this time to allow students to work in this way more often. Finding authentic opportunities to use math to solve problems in a way that matters to someone else in the world is really incredible. The kids were taking it to another level and I could have easily given them more time to develop their plans. This will shape my work next year by inspiring me to try this again." - Ginger Habel