Defining Problem-Based Learning (IM Math 6-12)

Focus Area: IM Math K-12

Instructional Coaches, Teachers

Phase: Launch

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Problem-based mathematics instruction shifts both teachers’ and students’ roles in learning. When using a problem-based curriculum, teachers must understand those shifts and the key characteristics of how the curriculum makes this learning possible. In this 2-hour virtual introduction, teachers will experience problem-based learning from the teacher and student perspective in order to learn about these key characteristics.

This is the first workshop of a 3-5 session virtual workshop series designed for those just getting started with the curriculum. In this series, participants will gain awareness of the structure and goals of the curriculum and develop an understanding of how it is designed for problem-based learning and its implications on their instructional practice.

Explore all sessions of this series below:


  • 2 hours
  • Participants will need a computer with access to Zoom, a camera, a microphone, and stable Internet connectivity


I use the curriculum resources and structures to teach math with a problem-based approach.

Learning Experience

  • Define: The goals of problem-based math
  • Explore: A lesson from the Curriculum
  • Build: Understanding of the characteristics that make this curriculum problem-based