Maria has been living and teaching in Shanghai for four years. This year she has taken on the role of IB Coordinator, while still maintaining her IB math classes. Using project based learning Maria motivates students and engages them in math. Maria has her students participate in three different projects over the course of her program. The first one is directed by the teacher and students learn the process. Next the students are still under the teacher’s direction but they are given freedom to choose their topics. Finally, students are given an opportunity for self-discovery as they are given freedom to choose their topic and how they will present it to the class.