Have you ever planned a project focused around math at the elementary level? Examples of projects at this level with a math focus are few and far between. How should one approach this? Most likely, in a way very similar to what you are already doing as an elementary PBL teacher.
“Hey there, my name is Josh. Nice to meet you” . “Oh, hi. I’m Ellen. What do you do for a living Josh?” “I’m a math teacher.” “Wow. I could never do that, I am not a math person at all.” If you are a math teacher or even know one closely, chances are you’ve been a witness to this conversation on multiple occasions. Early in my career, I found a way to just awkwardly shrug it off and laugh a little and move the conversation on. Now I find myself digging deeper, much to the pain of my conversational counterpart.