David Lien often hears a familiar question from students: “When am I going to use math in the real world?”
As a teacher participating in the University of Idaho and Washington State University’s Making Mathematics Reasoning Explicit (MMRE) program, Lien has learned the methods and skills that help him show students the power of math – as well as help them walk away with a deeper understanding of it.
“It has totally changed me as a teacher,” says Lien, who teaches at Sandpoint’s Forrest M. Bird Charter School. “The way that I’m teaching now, the students are more engaged. The majority of them really see the purpose of mathematics in the real world.”