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It’s All About Engagement—MIND Education’s New Tools for Teachers


MIND Education’s aim for ISTE2024 next week is to highlight innovations designed to make learning more interactive and impactful through classroom technology. Vice President of Content Creation Nigel Nisbet was gracious enough to dig in deeper as to what attendees can expect. In this interview, he emphasizes the importance of active student engagement and creative problem-solving in learning mathematics, contrasting it with antiquated, passive learning methods. One example is the company’s Puzzle Talks—5-15 minute, teacher-facilitated mini-lessons using an ST Math puzzle designed to engage students in problem-solving and encourage mathematical discourse. The goal? Get students to communicate and deepen their understanding of mathematics. Click through to listen:

More about Nigel from MIND:

Armed with a degree in mathematics, and early success as a rock musician with several hit songs in Europe and the U.S., Nigel Nisbet began his education career by teaching a class of 15 at an idyllic private all-girls school in rural England. After moving to the U.S., Nisbet taught Mathematics, AP Physics, and AP Computer Science at Van Nuys Senior High, where he was a pioneer of integrating technology into the classroom, and utilizing project-based learning to engage students’ critical-thinking skills. At Van Nuys, he successfully spearheaded the implementation of the LAUSD Los Angeles Virtual Academy program as a solution for Algebra 1, and collaborated with the AP Readiness Program in Computer Science.

Leaving the classroom in 2006, he became a Mathematics Specialist for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the United States. At LAUSD, Nisbet designed many of the district’s algebra and geometry concept tasks and did wide-ranging professional development to drive classroom implementation. He has written, designed and implemented several instructional guides and curricula, focusing on middle school and high school math (Grade 6 and 7; Algebra Readiness; Algebra 1 & 2; and Geometry).

A passionate believer in the power of all students to learn mathematics conceptually, Nisbet joined the nonprofit MIND Research Institute team as Senior Mathematics Specialist in the spring of 2010, eventually becoming the Vice President of Content Creation. In addition to leading MIND’s project team in the creation of middle school curricula, Nisbet travels the country on behalf of the organization and speaks on such topics as “STEM Is a State of MIND” and “So You Think You’re Ready For Common Core.”

At MIND, Nisbet devotes his time to reaching into the structure and beauty of mathematics and finding ways to build engaging, interactive and completely visual games that teach all students how math really works. He recently led the team that developed new games for middle and high school ST Math programs, including games that introduce Algebraic concepts visually. He feels that there is much work left to be done to ensure that all children are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. But given his experience of working with children in very different parts of the world he believes that given the right tools, all students can be mathematical thinkers and problem solvers.

Nisbet received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at Queen Mary University, University of London in 1990. In 2009, Nisbet received a Master in Educational Administration at California State University Northridge.

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